October 26, 2018 / 4:32 PM / a year ago

Turkey better equipped to serve justice in Khashoggi killing, official says

Friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold posters and banners with his pictures during a demonstration outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has prepared an extradition request for suspects in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi because it is better equipped to “serve the cause of justice” in the case, a senior Turkish official said on Friday.

Earlier, Turkey’s justice ministry had said that the Istanbul prosecutor’s office prepared a request for the extradition from Saudi Arabia of 18 suspects in Khashoggi’s murder.

It also said they were accused of murder by “premeditation, monstrous intent or by torture”.

Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Daren Butler

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