Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Turkey: Khashoggi strangled to death, then dismembered

Turkey: Khashoggi strangled to death, then dismembered

Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul in a premeditated murder, the city's chief prosecutor said in a statement likely to keep tensions between Ankara and Riyadh elevated.

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is seen during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, October 29, 2018.

Saudi Arabia has refused Turkey's demand that it extradite 18 Saudi officials who have been detained in their home country in connection with Khashoggi's murder so they can stand trial in Turkey.

"Despite our well-intentioned efforts to reveal the truth, no concrete results have come out of those meetings", the Istanbul prosecutor's office said of the talks on Monday and Tuesday between Mojeb and Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan.

Mojeb has acknowledged that the killing was premeditated, and the Saudis vowed to investigate and prosecute those responsible in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, to complete paperwork.

Saudi Arabia has not commented directly on the prosecutor's visit.

She also expressed disappointment in how the USA has handled the controversy over Khashoggi's murder and the resulting investigation.

Turkish authorities have repeatedly accused Riyadh of causing hindrance in the ongoing investigations into the case by denying key pieces of evidence, including the whereabouts of the body.

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

Reports from recent days suggest that Khashoggi's remains were disposed of in the garden of the Saudi general consul's house in Istanbul.

"We want to know where the body [of Khashoggi] is, we want that our authorities receive information about who the local collaborators are", Çelik said.

Under mounting worldwide pressure, the kingdom again changed its narrative about Mr Khashoggi's killing, acknowledging in recent days that it was "premeditated", citing information from Turkey as part of a joint investigation.

Saudi state media released pictures taken of Mr Khashoggi's son Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi meeting and shaking hands with the crown prince.

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