Turkish prosecutor says Saudi writer strangled, body dismembered

Charlene Craig
November 2, 2018

His October 2 disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul created an worldwide firestorm of controversy threatening the already complicated relations between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S.

But Turkey, which released a stream of evidence undermining the Saudi's early denials, has demanded more details including the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation, in line with advance plans", added the statement.

Pompeo has also announced that the United States is revoking visas of 21 Saudi officials who were suspected of involvement in the case, in the first concrete step of punishment taken by the Trump administration after the disclosure of Khashoggi's death.

"It's an terrible thing that took place", Pompeo told conservative talk show host Brian Kilmeade.

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The Saudis say they have arrested 18 suspects, 15 of which were members of a death squad sent to kill Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to draw a line under the crisis after offering a series of differing narratives following the disappearance of the journalist, who was an insider in Saudi royal circles before going into self-imposed exile in the United States a year ago.

After initially saying Khashoggi had left the consulate alive, the Saudi administration admitted weeks later he had died there.

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and an outspoken critic of the Saudi royal family, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get a marriage licence while his fiancée was waiting outside.

Khashoggi had gone into the Saudi consulate in the Turkish capital on October 2 to obtain paperwork he needed for his planned marriage to Turkish national Hatice Cengiz - who waited for him outside the consulate - but was never seen again.

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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.

Saudi Arabia has not commented on the meeting.

"Rather than share the information he has, the Saudi prosecutor tried to learn what information and evidence Turkey has in its hands", Selvi wrote Wednesday.

"Because the chief prosecutor is working to save crown prince by covering up the investigation rather than shed light on the murder".

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