Interpol issues Red Notice for Saudi suspects upon Turkey's request

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The head of the state-backed Saudi human-rights commission dismissed an global investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as interference on Thursday, and said everyone accused was already facing justice in the kingdom.

His comments came hours after the head of the Saudi human rights commission said the kingdom was bringing those accused of the murder to justice and rejected an worldwide investigation into the case.

As the Saudi delegation left the conference, many members felt that Saudi Arabia had managed to avoid scrutiny for too long.

Interpol has issued a red notice for the arrest of 20 suspects believed to be involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including a top adviser to Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

"We urge Saudi Arabia to tell the world which individuals are now on trial on what charge (s)", Altun said, to lay to rest any doubts that may arise about the "sincerity" of the judicial proceedings in the kingdom.

The public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of them. The suspects, dubbed as the execution team who returned to Saudi Arabia after killing Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, will now be sought for arrest throughout the world.

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The Saudi consul-general in Istanbul at the time of the murder, Mohammed al-Otaibi, is also among the 20 individuals listed on Interpol's red notice.

Al-Aiban spoke as the 47-member Human Rights Council conducted a regular review of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, a periodic process faced by all United Nations member states.

Riyadh "categorically rejects any talk about the internationalization of the Khashoggi case", he said.

Saudi Arabia has accepted as many as 453 human rights recommendations, either full or in part, during the past 10 years.

Aiban said the case against the suspects is ongoing and so far, they have appeared in court for three hearings with their lawyers present.

The killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.