It has been more than two months since Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul only to be immediately murdered and butchered by a 15-man hit squad. And while the Trump Administration struggles to stop the CIA and a coalition of Republican and Democratic lawmakers from throwing a wrench in the works of US-Saudi relations, prosecutors in Turkey are pressing ahead with their plans to hold Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his top aides accountable for the killing.
To wit, Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for two of MbS’s top aides who are suspected by having orchestrated the killing of the Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist – potentially threatening them with arrest, followed by a prosecution in Istanbul, should they dare venture outside the Kingdom. One of the two men targeted is Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to the prince who has been targeted by US and Canadian sanctions (Qahtani was also removed from his position within the kingdom’s intelligence service by the Saudis as part of a groups of nearly two dozen Saudis who were officially blamed for the “botched interrogation”). The other man is General Ahmed al-Asiri, the former head of the kingdom’s intelligence service, who was also removed from his post during the fallout from the scandal.