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Turkish prosecutor says Khashoggi was 'strangled' as soon as he entered consulate

Khashoggi's was strangled to death, according to the report [Getty]

Date of publication: 31 October, 2018

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Turkey's prosecutor has said that Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, with his body dismembered.

 

 

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death as soon as he entered the kingdom's consulate, a leading Turkish prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Khashoggi was strangled and his body dismembered in a pre-meditated attack, chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's office said in a statement.

He was "strangled" as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and his body was then "cut into pieces" under a "premeditated plan", Turkey's chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Fidan said that talks with Saudi Arabia had produced "no concrete results".

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

Saudi Arabia initially claimed that he left the consulate building alive, before saying a team of spies killed Khashoggi, without the knowledge of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Chief Prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb was in Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday. He said the investigation by Turkey and Saudi Arabia has yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" by Ankara to uncover the truth.

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

Turkey is also calling for Saudi Arabia to reveal where the location of Khashoggi's body, with Riyadh claiming a local disposed of his remains.

President Tayyip Recep Erdogan has called for Saudi Arabia to disclose identity of an alleged local collaborator.

A Turkish source told a news agency that Saudi Arabia has not been cooperating on the issue.

"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.

 

 

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