Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and then dismembered, Turkish prosecutor says

Geneva Stokes
November 2, 2018

The killing was premeditated, according to the office of Irfan Fidan, Istanbul's chief prosecutor, who added that discussions with Saudi prosecutors led to no "concrete results".

No body has been found, and Turkish officials have repeatedly demanded that Saudi officials reveal the location of his remains and identify the "local collaborator" who Saudi officials have said handled the disposal.

United States President Donald Trump has also come under vast pressure for his support for Riyadh, which is a key cog to the US' interests in the Middle East.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often criticized by Khashoggi in his Washington Post columns, had hailed the "unique" cooperation between the two countries only days before.

His Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, gave a tearful interview to local television last week, saying she would never have let her partner enter the consulate if she had thought that the "Saudi Arabia authorities would hatch a plot" to kill him.

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators".

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On Oct. 20, Saudi Arabia confirmed Khashoggi died Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain documents for his planned marriage.

"The killing, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Turkey violates the norms of worldwide law".

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and an outspoken critic of the Saudi royal family, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get a marriage licence while his fiancée was waiting outside. A critic of the Saudi royal family, Mr Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.

Turkey alleges a hit squad from Saudi Arabia travelled to Istanbul to kill the journalist and then tried to cover it up.

Al-Muajab held talks overnight with Turkish intelligence officials, Turkey's Demiroren news agency reported.

Turkey has called for 18 suspects in Khashoggi's killing to be extradited for trial in Turkish courts, but Saudi Arabia has said they will face justice in the kingdom. His October 2 disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul created an worldwide firestorm of controversy threatening the already complicated relations between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S.

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