Saudi Diplomat’s Daughter Says Country Confiscated Her Cellphone, Tried to Argue for Her to Leave Country

The daughter of a former Saudi Arabian diplomat says that he country attempted to persuade her to enter its Istanbul consulate where she had been arrested for diplomatic immunity, a claim the kingdom has…

Saudi Diplomat's Daughter Says Country Confiscated Her Cellphone, Tried to Argue for Her to Leave Country

The daughter of a former Saudi Arabian diplomat says that he country attempted to persuade her to enter its Istanbul consulate where she had been arrested for diplomatic immunity, a claim the kingdom has denied.

Basma Al-Qahtani, 43, also claims she believes she has been extradited by Turkey, according to Reuters, which first reported the story.

Basma’s mother, Princess Nora Bint Al-Muhammad Al Saud, was killed in a car crash in 1976. Since then she has acted as a goodwill ambassador for her father, King Abdulaziz al-Saud.

The diplomatic union between the two countries in 1982.

Turkish officials have been withholding the women’s real names as authorities try to investigate what role she may have had in the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi Arabia claims that Jamal, a Washington Post contributor, was killed in a “fistfight” with a contract killer at the consulate’s building.

As the story has unfolded, Turks and Saudis have traded accusations that the Saudi government planned and executed the killing, while details that may support a plot have also surfaced.

Meanwhile, a group of 47 people – including the royal relatives of the Saudi king and crown prince – have been arrested for allegedly orchestrating the murder, according to the Saudi state-run Saudi Press Agency. The arrests apparently occurred earlier this month.

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