Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Strangled in Premeditated Attack, Says Turkish Prosecutor

Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Strangled in Premeditated Attack, Says Turkish Prosecutor

Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Strangled in Premeditated Attack, Says Turkish Prosecutor

After weeks of leaks, Irfan Fidan's comments mark the first detailed account by Turkish officials of what they believe happened to Khashoggi after he vanished on October 2.

Irfan Fidan, the chief prosecutor of Istanbul, made the accusations, for the first time publicly detailing claims that Turkish officials had made anonymously in the weeks since the Saudi journalist disappeared in the consulate.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", the statement said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the investigation needs to be completed swiftly.

"We have requested information from Saudi officials regarding the whereabouts of Jamal Khashoggi's body and the identity of the supposed local collaborator".

US officials, including President Donald Trump, have said the country will face consequences over the killing of Khashoggi.

The killing of Khashoggi, a former Saudi court insider, has also focused global attention on the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiance, recently gave an interview in London where she insisted that Saudi officials must've known about the murder, and said everyone involved should be punished.

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


"Instead of trying to find out what (evidence) Turkey has, Saudi authorities should give the answers to these questions", Omer Celik told reporters.

Saudi Arabia has not commented on the prosecutor's visit.

Following the worldwide outrage over the macabre circumstances on Jamal Khashoggi's case, the Saudi public prosecutor reversed its statement and declared that the killing was premeditated.

The Saudi Crown Prince has been blamed for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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 a year ago.

Saudi Arabian officials have appeared unwilling to "genuinely cooperate" with Turkey's investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official said Wednesday.

The head of the Saudi investigation, Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, last week acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated", based on Turkish evidence.

As a Saudi dissident, Khashoggi was concerned he might be arrested for his work.

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