Khashoggi strangled in planned attacked, body dismembered - Turkish prosecutor

Turkish officials have concluded a team of 15 Saudi agents was involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul

Turkish officials have concluded a team of 15 Saudi agents was involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul

Mr Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his fiancee, who was waiting for him outside.

Since Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, walked into his country's consulate in Istanbul on 2 October never to return, Riyadh has moved from flat-out denial of his death to an admission he was victim to a premeditated murder.

On Monday, Al-Muajab had an extensive meeting with Turkey's Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan at the Istanbul Caglayan courthouse.

Members of a hit squad choked the journalist Jamal Khashoggi to death immediately after he entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul and then dismembered and disposed of his body, the city's chief prosecutor has said.

"We therefore request that you suspend any related negotiations for a U.S. -Saudi civil nuclear agreement for the foreseeable future", said the lawmakers, who included senators Cory Gardner, Rand Paul, Dean Heller and Todd Young. She also expressed disappointment in how the USA has handled the controversy over Khashoggi's murder and the resulting investigation.

Both Saudi Arabia and Turkey are investigating Khashoggi's death.

Turkish investigators have reviewed thousands of hours of closed-circuit-television footage, taken forensic samples from the consulate grounds and released details of the passports of the 15 Saudis they say were involved.

Its authorities remain frustrated at a perceived lack of co-operation by Saudi Arabia, according to the BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul.




His disappearance, and then presumed death, sparked worldwide condemnation and a diplomatic crises, as two of the Middle East's great power centres, Turkey's Ankara and Saudi's Riyadh, appeared on collision course.

The top Saudi prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, left Turkey on Monday after conducting an investigation of his own.

Cengiz also told the memorial that she wishes she had entered the consulate instead of her fiance.

While Trump has called the case "one of the worst cover-ups in history", he warned against halting a Saudi arms deal, saying it would harm United States jobs.

Foreign minister Adel al Jubeir has described the worldwide outcry over the killing as "hysterical" - and told critics they should should wait until Riyadh has completed its investigation before ascribing blame.

Turkey has been pushing Saudi Arabia to help locate Khashoggi's body, which has not been found.

A report by Turkish daily Hürriyet said the Saudi prosecutor had not shared any information, including the testimonies of the 18 people arrested, with Turkish authorities during his visit. "Not only for those who murdered my beloved Jamal, but for those who organised it and gave the order for it".

Beyond the detention of the 18 suspects, five Saudi intelligence chiefs have been sacked, including two who were part of Prince Mohammed's inner circle.

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