Turkish Police Search Saudi's Villa For 'Khashoggi Remains'

Turkish Police Search Saudi's Villa For 'Khashoggi Remains'

Turkish Police Search Saudi's Villa For 'Khashoggi Remains'

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that police used sniffer dogs as they inspected a two-story property in a village called Samanli near the town of Yalova, which is around 90km from Istanbul.

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

The prosecutor said Mansoor Othman Abahusain, one of 15 Saudi suspects who entered Turkey on October 2, when Khashoggi was killed, called Saudi citizen Mohammed Ahmed Alfaozan on October 1 regarding disposal or safekeeping of Khashoggi's body.

Forensics arrived at the property, in Samanli village in the northwestern Turkish province of Yalova, this morning and were seen removing a box of evidence (bottom left) and searching a drain (main).

Turkey's steady release of investigative details has kept Saudi Arabia's leaders on the defensive and forced a belated Saudi admission that its agents were responsible for Khashoggi's death.

Turkish authorities have previously carried out inspections at the consulate and the consul general's residence in Istanbul.

Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

The contents of the gruesome recording allegedly prove that Khashoggi was grabbed, drugged and dismembered with a bone saw.

The investigation has focused attention on the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who has imprisoned rivals, clerics and independent political activists at home. "The communication has been considered to be about the disposal/hiding of Khashoggi's corpse", read a statement from the prosecutor's office on November 26.

The body of Khashoggi remains missing.

Khashoggi, a prominent commentator on Saudi affairs who wrote for the Washington Post's Global Opinions section, had lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since September 2017, when he left Saudi Arabia over fears of the Riyadh regime's crackdown on critical voices.

Turkey has maintained pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of the USA -based columnist for The Washington Post.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has said the killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership but probably not from King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the 33-year-old crown prince.

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