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Suspects in Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Won't Be Extradited, Saudi Official Says

Suspects in the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi won’t be extradited, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said, according to Reuters. Saud al-Qahtani, once a top adviser Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri were identified by prosecutors in Turkey last week as potentially orchestrating Khashouggi’s Oct. 2 murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.  The city’s chief prosecutor has issued warrants for their arrest, according to Reuters. At a press conference Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jube said “We don’t extradite our citizens” in response to a question on the warrants. Jubeir wouldn’t say whether the men were in custody, per Reuters. The U.S. Treasury hit 17 Saudis for sanctions in November for their alleged role in Khashoggi’s murder, including Qahtani. The Saudi public prosecutor has said that the directive to repatriate Khashoggi was from Asiri, Reuters notes. The CIA has reportedly determined that bin Salman ordered the killing.