(TELESUR) – The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has issued red notices asking police worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest 20 people in connection to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish authorities said Thursday.
Interpol issued the notices on March 1 at the request of Turkey’s Justice Ministry who demanded the international action for 18 people on Nov. 15 and for two more on Dec. 21, tweeted the Ministry Thursday, without giving further details on the suspects.
These are not the first actions taken by Turkey as in October 2018, the prosecutor’s office in Istanbul submitted an official extradition request to Saudi Arabia for 18 individuals suspected of murdering the Saudi journalist and for the location of the remains, but the petition has been ignored.
After worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabian prosecutors indicted 11 suspects in the murder. The prosecutor’s office said on January 2019 it was seeking the death penalty for five individuals of the 11. Ten other suspects were still under investigation. But at the same officials have empathically rejected accusations that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.
This comes after the CIA concluded that the Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing at the Istanbul consulate. However, President Donald Trump has prioritized U.S.-Saudi relations, saying the ties between the countries were too important to casually pursue findings of the investigation, but at the same time dubbing it as, “one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups.”
On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department presented its 2018 Human Rights Report. The document addressed the killing and put it on the category of human rights abuse by government officials, however, once it did not implicate the Crown Prince.
Khashoggi was a vocal critic of Salman’s policies and a columnist of the Washington Post. He disappeared on October 2 and was murdered by the Kingdom during questioning after coming into the mission’s building to ask for a marriage-related document.