Khashoggi Was strangled upon entering consulate, Turkey says

03 November, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Washington US

Mr Fidan said a meeting with his Saudi counterpart on Monday yielded "no concrete results".

This is the first official statement made by Turkey after Saudi prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb had left Istanbul after a three-day talk with Fidan regarding the killing of the Washington Post columnist.

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger brother of King Salman and uncle of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, arrived on Tuesday after more than two months overseas, three sources told Reuters.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called upon the Gulf country to expose the people who sanctioned the murder. Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist.

Mojeb has acknowledged that the killing was premeditated, and the Saudis vowed to investigate and prosecute those responsible in Saudi Arabia.

But after a warm reception from Saudi officials inside the consulate, his concerns dissipated and he entered the consulate on October 2 without hesitation, Cengiz said, and was never seen again.

The murder of the Washington Post columnist and USA resident, Khashoggi spiralled into a crisis for Saudi Arabia.

"Then it should take decisive action to impose sanctions on those responsible - including, if the available evidence points to him, Mohammed bin Salman - and reshape US relations with Saudi Arabia", said the board.

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But Turkish officials have told local media that the Saudi prosecutor has refused to share information and appears "primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators".

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had warned the United States, which is Saudi Arabia's biggest backer, could impose sanctions if it was proved the journalist was killed.

Reports from recent days suggest that Khashoggi's remains were disposed of in the garden of the Saudi general consul's house in Istanbul.

The statement comes after talks between the chief prosecutors of Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish officials, including Erdogan, have repeatedly complained that Saudi Arabia has obstructed the investigation by refusing to reveal key pieces of evidence like the location of Khashoggi's body.

The slain journalist had also been an outright critic of the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his policies.

Saudi officials have said the kingdom will try the 18 and bring them to justice after the investigation is complete.

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