Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered immediately after entering Saudi consulate: Turkish prosecutor

Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered immediately after entering Saudi consulate: Turkish prosecutor

Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered immediately after entering Saudi consulate: Turkish prosecutor

A Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and his body was dismembered and disposed of.

The statement, which was distributed to Turkish news channels and read out by reporters on live television, said that Khashoggi was strangled October 2 and his body dismembered and completely destroyed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Saudis are protecting the person responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder, adding that Turkey would not abandon its investigation.

The board said that Congress should summon CIA Director Gina Haspel, who was in Turkey last week and briefed Trump, and other senior USA officials and determine what they know about the killing.

She also expressed disappointment in how the US has handled the controversy over Khashoggi's murder and the resulting investigation.

A Turkish investigator searching the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after Khashoggi's disappearance.

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

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators".

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Weeks after the fact, Riyadh admitted that the journalist had been killed in the consulate by a team of 15 Saudi agents.

Fidan's statement comes amid growing pressure upon Riyadh to extradite the 18 individuals held for their alleged role in Khashoggi's murder, with Turkey demanding answers from Saudi Arabia regarding the crime.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national working for the USA press, was a well-known critic of his home country's rulers.

On Oct. 20, Saudi Arabia confirmed Khashoggi died Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain documents for his planned marriage.

Saudi Arabia has said this will not happen.

The Saudi side has reportedly invited the Istanbul chief prosecutor to Saudi Arabia along with the evidence collected during the investigation.

Under mounting worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, and has recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated.

Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist and outspoken critic of the Saudi leadership.

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