Jamal Khashoggi Strangled As Soon As He Entered Consulate: Turkish Prosecutor

Jamal Khashoggi Strangled As Soon As He Entered Consulate: Turkish Prosecutor

Jamal Khashoggi Strangled As Soon As He Entered Consulate: Turkish Prosecutor

The statement marked the first public confirmation by an official in Turkey that Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered after entering the consulate on October 2 to secure documentation for his upcoming marriage.

Under mounting pressure, Saudi Arabia changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, eventually admitting that Khashoggi died inside the consulate and only recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows his killing was premeditated. His body has not yet been found.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over the killing of Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, whose writings for the Washington Post were critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, disappeared after entering the consulate to get paperwork so he could marry his fiancee.

Gruesome reports in the Turkish media have alleged the journalist was murdered and dismembered by a team sent from Riyadh to silence him.

That request sparked "uneasiness" on the Turkish side, the columnist wrote, noting that Mojeb refused to share the testimonies of the 18 suspects.

The case has sorely strained relations between the ultra-conservative kingdom and the West.

The letter comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for Saudi Arabia to halt its military operations in Yemen and for the United Nations to begin negotiations to end the fighting, Reuters reported. "The truth needs to come out", Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, who travelled to Istanbul this week, left his hotel around 2110 GMT on Tuesday escorted by a convoy and went to the regional head offices of the Turkish Intelligence Organisation (MIT), the private DHA news agency reported.

Al-Mujeb arrived in Istanbul early Monday to discuss the investigation with Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan and members of the Turkish intelligence agency.

The statement is the first public confirmation by a Turkish official that Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered after he entered the Saudi Consulate on October 2 to collect paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

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