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Turkey prosecutor seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder

AFP  |  Istanbul 

A Turkish has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said Wednesday.

Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after entering the on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

The chief prosecutor's office in filed an application Tuesday to obtain the warrants for and Saud al-Qahtani, described in court documents as being "among the planners" of the murder of contributor

Assiri often sat in during Mohammed's closed-door meetings with visiting foreign dignitaries and Qahtani was a key to the crown Both were sacked after admitted was killed in the Saudi consulate.

According to Turkey, a 15-member Saudi team was sent to to kill

Turkish has said the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government, but has insisted it was not Salman.

has since detained 21 people over the murder. Despite speculation that the powerful ordered the hit, the kingdom has strongly denied he was involved.

But two key US Republican senators said a Tuesday briefing by the CIA's only strengthened their conviction that Prince Mohammed directed the murder.

The Istanbul in charge of the investigation said in late October that the Saudi former insider turned was strangled then his body was cut into pieces.

The remains of Khashoggi's body have not been found.

There has been speculation in that his body was dissolved in acid.

A senior Turkish Wednesday said the prosecutor's move "reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals".

The official, who did not wish to be named, pointed to the fact that the wording of the prosecutor's request suggested that the current list wasn't necessarily exhaustive, appearing to indicate that more arrest warrants could be sought.

Amid criticism from over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the said could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:25 IST