Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Turkey: Khashoggi strangled to death, then dismembered

Turkey: Khashoggi strangled to death, then dismembered

The prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, on October 31 also said that Khashoggi's body was disposed of following the killing almost a month ago but that his remains have still not been located.

He met with Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan twice this week and visited the consulate - the scene of the murder - on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Khashoggi's body and hand over 18 suspects.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor held talks overnight with Turkish intelligence officials over the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Demiroren news agency said.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", CNN quoted a statement from Fidan as saying.

The board said that Congress should summon CIA Director Gina Haspel, who was in Turkey last week and briefed Trump, and other senior us officials and determine what they know about the killing.

Riyadh's European allies have criticised its initial response and US President Donald Trump said Saudi authorities had staged the "worst cover-up ever", although he has repeatedly said he would not jeopardise US business with the kingdom.

Often on the receiving end of Khashoggi's criticisms, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had earlier lauded the "unique" cooperation between Saudi and Turkey.

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Cengiz said Khashoggi's death had "left a void in (her) heart and soul", adding: "If only I knew what would happen, I would have entered the consulate myself".

Turkey says that despite all well-intended efforts, authorities have unable to reach "concrete results" in the investigation of Khashoggi's killing.

Turkey has steadily ramped up pressure on Saudi Arabia to provide answers amid its shifting official explanations on Khashoggi's fate.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, to complete paperwork. The journalist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkey says an "inspection" of the consulate is expected to take place later on Monday, almost two weeks after Saudi journalist after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared there.

The murder of the Washington Post columnist and USA resident, Khashoggi spiralled into a crisis for Saudi Arabia.

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.

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