The Minister of defense has demanded a «transparent» investigation into the death Casucci

© 2018 AFP / John Thys Pentagon chief James Mattis. Archival photoThe Minister of defense has demanded a «transparent» investigation into the death Casucci© 2018 AFP / John Thys

The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis demanded that the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir in a «transparent» investigation into the murder in Ankara Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci.

«The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis demanded that the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir in a «transparent» investigation into the murder in Ankara Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci. Mattis told the journalists on Board the plane during the flight to Prague, where he arrived on Sunday to participate in celebrations dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the formation of independent Czechoslovakia,» — said the portal Prague České noviny.

According to Mattis, on Saturday, he spoke with al-Jubeir at a conference on security issues in Bahrain. «We talked about it (the murder Casucci – ed.). We talked about the fact that the incident must be fully and transparently investigated,» said Mattis.

Earlier on Saturday the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia said Riyadh is investigating the incident, but ruled out extradition of suspects of involvement in the killing of persons to Turkey, as required by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci, who was a columnist for the American newspaper the Washington Post and 2017 were living in the United States, went missing in Turkey on 2 October after he entered the building of the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. State media in Saudi Arabia on the night of Saturday, October 20, issued a message of the Prosecutor General of the country that, according to preliminary data, Casucci dead, and his death brought a quarrel with employees of the Consulate. In this case arrested the 18 people.

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