Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said the suspects in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia. At a conference in Bahrain, Adel al-Jubeir accused the western media of “hysteria” in its coverage of the case.
His comments come a day after Turkey said it wished to extradite eighteen Saudi nationals authorities say were involved in the murder. The writer was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago.
Riyadh denies the ruling royal family was involved and blames “rogue agents”. Saudi Arabia initially denied all knowledge of the journalist’s fate but the Saudi public prosecutor now describes it as premeditated murder.
Khashoggi had been an outspoken critic of the crown prince, the de facto Saudi ruler.