Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Khashoggi was strangled in consulate; body dismembered

Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Khashoggi was strangled in consulate; body dismembered

Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Khashoggi was strangled in consulate; body dismembered

A Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and his body was dismembered and disposed of.

"The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgment of current decision makers in Saudi Arabia", NBC, which obtained a copy of the letter, reported. His body has not been found.

Riyadh says it has arrested 18 suspects, including a team sent to Istanbul hours before Khashoggi's death, but has rejected Turkey's call for their extradition.

The killing of Khashoggi, a critic of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has put into focus the West's close relationship with Saudi Arabia - a major arms buyer and linchpin of Washington's regional plans to contain Iran.

The five GOP lawmakers said they had concerns about cooperating with the kingdom before Khashoggi's death on October 2 and those worries have been exacerbated by doubts about the royal ruling family's leadership, NBC News reported.


France said Wednesday that "not enough" was being done to find those responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was an insider in Saudi royal circles before going into self-imposed exile in the United States past year.

He met with Istanbul's chief prosecutor twice, visited the consulate and spoke with Turkey's MIT intelligence agency.

The statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Ifran Fidan's office added that discussions with the Saudi chief prosecutor had yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" by Turkey to uncover the truth.

Mojeb, who has not made a public statement in Istanbul, was headed for Ataturk airport on Wednesday afternoon to leave the city, Turkish broadcaster TRT reported.

Abdulkadir Selvi, a well-connected pro-government columnist in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, said the Saudi prosecutor refused to share any information with the Turkish authorities during his visit. The report also said al-Mujeb was seeking Khashoggi's phone, which the journalist gave to his Turkish fiancee before entering the consulate.

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