Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Turkish police inspect luxury villa in Jamal Khashoggi investigation

Turkish police inspect luxury villa in Jamal Khashoggi investigation

Turkish police searched a remote villa in a coastal area southeast of Istanbul on Monday as part of the investigation into the killing last month of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, officials said.

"The chief prosecutor's office believes that this phone call was about disappearing or hiding the body parts of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi", the prosecutor said in a statement.

The Istanbul prosecutor's office said Mansour Othman Abbahussain - a member of a 15-person squad allegedly sent from Riyadh to kill Khashoggi - had contacted the mansion's owner, Mohammed Ahmed Alfaozan, by telephone a day before Khashoggi's October 2 killing.

The prosecutor added this information was the reason given to search the building.

Authorities have not yet found the body of a Khashoggi, who was a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of the Saudi regime.

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Mr McGahn, however, warned the president against the action, and stated that he had no authority to order such a prosecution. McGahn left the White House in October, with 21 months in service ranking among the longest-serving of Trump's top aides.

Saudi prosecutors maintain that the 15-man team sent to Istanbul exceeded its authority when the lead negotiator in the team chose to kill Khashoggi for refusing orders to return. A joint Turkish-Saudi investigation into Khashoggi's fate has made little progress so far.

Turkish media reported that Fawzan is a millionaire close to the Saudi royal family, and images from the scene showed large photographs of Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hanging on a wall inside the villa.

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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the killing was premeditated and that it was ordered by the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

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. And the prosecutors have professed ignorance about the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains, saying that the Saudi agents turned over his body to a local "collaborator".

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