Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudis strangled and dismembered Khashoggi, Turkey says

Saudis strangled and dismembered Khashoggi, Turkey says

"Victim Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death - in a premeditated way - soon after he entered the Istanbul Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on October 2, 2018 for wedding procedures".

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Post contributor, was "strangled" soon after he entered consulate and his body was cut into pieces, Turkish prosecutor this evening.

A statement from Fidan's office also said that discussions with Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" by Turkey to uncover the truth.

But Turkey, which released a stream of evidence undermining Riyadh's early denials, has demanded more details including the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", the statement said.

Celik also said it was not possible that Saudi officials had still not found the journalist's body after almost a month of investigations.

The UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, also urged Saudi Arabia to reveal the location of the writer's remains.

France's foreign minister cast doubt on Saudi Arabia's investigation into the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday, saying "not enough" was being done to find those responsible for his murder.

When news of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance first started to circulate, Saudi Arabia said Mr Khashoggi had walked out of the building alive.

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Some U.S. lawmakers have accused the crown prince of ordering Khashoggi's death - a charge that Riyadh denies - and threatened sanctions.

The global community refused to accept the Saudi claim that the incident was not a premeditated murder.

Turkey alleges a hit squad from Saudi Arabia traveled to Istanbul to kill the journalist who was critical of the Saudi leadership and then tried to cover it up.

Some London-based Saudi expatriates with ties to the royal family say the septuagenarian Ahmad, who was the Gulf kingdom's heir apparent until his brother, King Salman, altered the line of succession, may press for convening a family council to discuss how to control the fallout from Khashoggi's murder.

Cengiz said she had been shown no recordings of what happened inside the consulate and that she got most of her information from the media.

Saudi chief prosecutor al-Mojeb met with Fidan twice and also visited the Turkish intelligence agency's Istanbul headquarters this week before leaving for Riyadh on a private jet Wednesday.

"Like everyone else, I am still waiting for answers", she said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, on October 30, 2018. Fidan asked al-Mojeb to reveal who sent this group, according to the president.

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