Khashoggi was strangled or suffocated and body dismembered, Turkish prosecutor says

Arturo Kim
November 2, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul - and he was then dismembered before being disposed of, a top Turkish prosecutor has said.

"Turkey, the USA and Saudi Arabia have all agreed that he was killed at the consulate".

It was released following talks with Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb, which apparently ended with "no concrete results".

USA -based writer Jamal Khashoggi was strangled or suffocated as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and his body was subsequently dismembered and disposed of, Turkey's chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

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

"The explanations given so far by Saudi Arabia are not sufficient", Cengiz said.

He added that "depending on the results that will be announced (of the Turkish and Saudi investigations), we will implement the necessary sanctions against those guilty".

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Sources told Sky News that body parts belonging to the writer had been discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul - located around 500 metres away from the consulate.

Gruesome reports in the Turkish media had previously alleged that Khashoggi had been killed and cut into pieces by a team sent from Riyadh to silence him. According to his fiancee, he went there to collect a document for his upcoming marriage.

The statement is the clearest yet from the Turkish authorities about the fate of the Washington Post journalist, whose remains have not yet been found. The kingdom initially said it knew nothing about what happened to Khashoggi, but Thursday said evidence shows the killing was premeditated. It suggested he had died in a "fist fight".

In his first public comments since October 2, the crown prince addresses the investment summit in Riyadh, denouncing Khashoggi's murder and vowing "justice will prevail".

The country denies the ruling royal family was involved.

Riyadh on Saturday rejected Ankara's request to extradite the Saudis being held over Khashoggi's murder and called on a Turkish delegation to visit Saudi Arabia to present evidence.

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