Jan 2, 2019, 1:22 PM
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Slaying Saudi journo, most controversial crime in 2018

Tehran, Jan 2, IRNA- Murdering Saudi critic journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Consulate in Istanbul back in October is considered the most controversial crime in 2018, a survey by Rassd News Agency revealed.

The Egypt-based news agancy wrote that after Mohammed bin Salman was elected as the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, the investigative journalist who was a critic of the policies of the Saudi officials moved to the United States.

The 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage with his Turkish fiancée but never left it.

After 18 days of silence and rejecting claims that Khashoggi was killed, the Saudi government finally bowed down to international pressure on October 20th and claimed the prominent journalist was killed in what it called a 'fist-fight' inside the consulate.

Although nearly three months have passed since the cold-blooded murder, his body has not been recovered yet and its whereabouts remain to be known.

All evidence suggests 15 Saudi agents with close ties to the crown prince who were deployed to Istanbul are in charge of killing Khashoggi and dismembering his body and should be thus held accountable.

The Turkish government has since then urged the extradition of these people to be brought to justice, a request turned down by Riyadh.

Following Al Saud's refusal to hand over the suspects of the murder, Turkey's Ministry of Justice issued a statement, requesting prosecution through diplomatic channels.

In the extradition request, certain individuals involved in killing the journalist have been summoned to court.

Two days ago, Turkey's minister of justice Abdulhamit Gül said Istanbul will keep pursuing the case until achieving results and will also refer to all possible international bodies, including the United Nations.

Al-Sabah, the Turkish daily has revealed the identity of two members of the death squad.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has also concluded the crime was ordered by bin Salman; however, the Trump administration keeps being in his favor.

During his lifetime, the Washington post columnist sharply rebuked Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, financial crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada and arresting women's rights activists.
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