International desk – Saudi Arab has now said the suspected killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be tried in its own land.
Saudi Arab’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told a conference in Bahrain on Saturday. He also accused the Western media of “hysteria” in its coverage of the case, according to BBC.
The Saudi official’s comments come a day after Turkey said it wished to extradite 18 Saudi nationals who authorities say were involved in the murder.
The anti-prince writer was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago.
Riyadh denies the ruling royal family was involved and blames “rogue agents”.
Saudi Arab initially denied all knowledge of the journalist’s fate but the Saudi public prosecutor now describes it as premeditated murder.
Khashoggi had been an outspoken critic of the crown prince, the de facto Saudi ruler.
“On the issue of extradition, the individuals are Saudi nationals. They’re detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia,” Mr Jubeir told a conference in Bahrain.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not known to have an extradition treaty.