Villas and well searched in Khashoggi probe

Minnie Murray
November 28, 2018

Turkish police on Monday were carrying out a search at a villa in northwestern Yalova province as part of the ongoing investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that police used sniffer dogs as they inspected a two-story property in a village called Samanli near the town of Yalova, which is around 90km from Istanbul.

Turkish forensic officers conduct a search at a villa in the village of Samanli in Yalova's Termal district, Turkey, Nov. 26, 2018. There have been reports in pro-government media that his remains could have been dissolved in acid.

According to Istanbul chief prosecutor, Khashoggi was strangled to death after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body was dismembered and destroyed thereafter. His remains have not yet been located.

The CIA believes bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi who was critical of Saudi Arabia's de facto leader.

Turkey has maintained pressure on Saudi Arabia over the October 2 killing of the USA -based columnist for The Washington Post.

A Tunisian journalists' union hung a large banner from its headquarters showing the prince holding a chainsaw - a reference to the dismemberment of Khashoggi's corpse.

Turkey says the journalist was killed by a 15-member assassination squad sent from Riyadh. The Saudi agents blamed for the killing included some members of the crown prince's security entourage.

Khashoggi's disappearance has heightened tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Yalova's governor said in a written statement that the Istanbul public prosecutor in charge of the murder investigation would provide the "necessary information" about the results of the search later.

Selvi wrote: "It is said that the Crown Prince gave an instruction to silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible and this instruction was captured during the Central Intelligence Agency wiretapping".

The kingdom, however, later admitted that Khashoggi had been murdered in the consulate during an interrogation by rogue operatives that had gone wrong after diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an account on the mysterious fate of its national.

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