Turkish police inspecting villa in Yalova in Khashoggi investigation

Turkish police inspecting villa in Yalova in Khashoggi investigation

Turkish police inspecting villa in Yalova in Khashoggi investigation

Police were at the two-storey villa with sniffer dogs, and were supported in their search by drones, state news agency Anadolu reported.

The law enforcement agencies later widened the search and investigation to the adjacent villa, it added.

It was not immediately clear who owns the villa.

Turkish police cars seen parked as they search two adjoining villas in Yalova in northwest Turkey, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

The assassins strangled and dismembered Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, Saudi officials admitted, before removing his remains, which have yet to be found.

Khashoggi's disappearance has heightened tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

There have been previous inspections of the Saudi consulate and the consul general's residence in Istanbul as well as a forest in the city.

Activists and journalists who today protested against Mohammed's visit in the Tunisian capital displayed a banner of the Crown Prince holding a chainsaw - a reference to Khashoggi's dismemberment, Bloomberg News reported. A joint Turkish-Saudi investigation into Khashoggi's fate has made little progress so far.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had written columns critical of current Saudi leaders, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 by members of a 15-man team that had been sent to Turkey from Saudi Arabia, according to Turkish and Saudi prosecutors.

Turkey has maintained pressure on Saudi Arabia over killing of the USA -based columnist for The Washington Post. However, Saudi Arabia said that it did not know the whereabouts of the body, which is widely believed to have been dismembered.

The fallout from Khashoggi's death has put substantial pressure on crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's ruler, who has mounted a widespread and expensive public relations campaign in the West to portray himself as a moderate reformer.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded greater cooperation from Saudi authorities in the case, alleging the killing had been orchestrated by the "highest levels" of Saudi government.

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