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Erdogan asks Saudi Arabia to hand over Khashoggi murder suspects

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Saudi Arabia should hand over the 18 suspects Turkish investigators have identified in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a sign of its goodwill, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, as he announced that the kingdom's chief prosecutor would visit over the weekend.

[ANKARA] Saudi Arabia should hand over the 18 suspects Turkish investigators have identified in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a sign of its goodwill, Turkey's president said on Friday, as he announced that the kingdom's chief prosecutor would visit over the weekend.

"If you want to eliminate this suspicion, the key point for our collaboration is those 18 people," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "If you are unable to make them speak, since the incident took place at the consulate in Istanbul, hand them over to us and let us prosecute them."

Mr Erdogan also said the Saudi leadership must divulge the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and the identity of an alleged local collaborator. The Saudi prosecutor overseeing the case will arrive in Turkey on Sunday, he said, and meet with his Turkish counterpart.

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