Slain journalist Khashoggi strangled, body dismembered in Saudi consulate: Turkish prosecutor

Minnie Murray
November 2, 2018

The statement from Irfan Fidan, the chief prosecutor for Istanbul, came after three days of meetings with his Saudi counterpart ended with little progress.

The president has also asked Saudi officials to disclose who ordered the killing of Khashoggi and sent the team to Istanbul.

His body was then immediately dismembered.

Turkish media reports say Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor, who is in Istanbul for discussions on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, has met with Turkish intelligence officials.

Western powers have expressed outrage at his killing and demanded answers from Riyadh, although Trump warned against halting a Saudi arms deal to increase the pressure, saying it would harm USA jobs.

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators", the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

Khashoggi had gone into the Saudi consulate in the Turkish capital on October 2 to obtain paperwork he needed for his planned marriage to Turkish national Hatice Cengiz - who waited for him outside the consulate - but was never seen again.

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.


Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects who Riyadh claims are being detained in Saudi Arabia over the killing of Khashoggi.

Following the worldwide outrage over the macabre circumstances on Jamal Khashoggi's case, the Saudi public prosecutor reversed its statement and declared that the killing was premeditated.

Turkey's relations with Saudi Arabia were strained past year when Ankara sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar in a show of support after its Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

Saudi hit squadCleaning personnel wait to enter Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

Turkey's statement on Wednesday undermined the insistence of Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, that Turkey was satisfied with Saudi Arabia's cooperation in the investigation to date, The UK Guardian has reported.

Under mounting pressure, Saudi Arabia changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, eventually admitting that Khashoggi died inside the consulate and only recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows his killing was premeditated.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi policies, had been working as a columnist for The Washington Post.

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