Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi was immediately strangled in Saudi consulate

Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi was immediately strangled in Saudi consulate

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

Saudi authorities have arrested 18 men over the murder, and Erdogan has requested they be extradited for trial in Turkey.

The prosecutor also said discussions with Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb have yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" to uncover the truth.

The journalist, a fierce critic of Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, died in what the investigators called a pre-planned killing.

Turkey alleges a hit squad from Saudi Arabia travelled to Istanbul to kill the journalist and then tried to cover it up.

Turkey has not publicly blamed Saudi Arabia for the murder.

"In accordance with plans made in advance, Jamal Khashoggi was choked to death immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, for marriage formalities", the office said in a written statement.

Turkish officials have said that a Saudi team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered the writer in a premeditated act.

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

Germany has suspended export licenses to the kingdom, while U.S. President Donald Trump has been backed into a corner over his support for a country that is key to U.S. strategies in the Middle East.

The Saudi prosecutor met with Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan twice this week at Istanbul's main court and visited the consulate -the scene of the murder - on Tuesday.

Khashoggi's death has escalated into a crisis for Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, which at first denied any knowledge of or role in his disappearance on October 2. Unnamed Saudi officials previously claimed that Khashoggi's body was wrapped up in some kind of fabric and given to a local Turkish coconspirator.

Fidan's statement came after Mojeb visited Istanbul this week to discuss the kingdom's investigation into Khashoggi's death.

Under increasing pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its story about Khashoggi's killing several times.

Khashoggi's death has brought near unprecedented global scrutiny on Saudi Arabia and its powerful crown prince.

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