Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Khashoggi was strangled to death, then his body dismembered, says chief prosecutor

Khashoggi was strangled to death, then his body dismembered, says chief prosecutor

A statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's office added that Khashoggi's body was dismembered and disposed of.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", CNN quoted a statement from Fidan as saying.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that all details of the case should be revealed, including who gave the instruction for the "premeditated murder".

"We have requested information from Saudi officials regarding the whereabouts of Jamal Khashoggi's body and the identity of the supposed local collaborator". She also expressed disappointment in how the US has handled the controversy over Khashoggi's murder and the resulting investigation. "This is not an incident that could have taken place without a high-level order".

Saudi Arabia has so far denied the extradition of 18 suspects detained in Riyadh.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister during an worldwide conference and urged a full and complete investigation into the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often criticized by Khashoggi in his Washington Post columns, had hailed the "unique" cooperation between the two countries only days before. "As Saudi public prosecutor, you have to ask that question, so you can reveal it", Erdoğan told reporters in Ankara, shortly after the head of the Saudi investigation, Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, entered the diplomatic compound.

Khashoggi, who had become a frequent critic of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, was in the consulate to obtain papers for his planned marriage.

Saudi Arabia admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi died at the Saudi Consulate at Instanbul.

It was released following talks with Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb, which apparently ended with "no concrete results". Saudi Arabia only recently acknowledged Turkish evidence showed the slaying was premeditated.

The death of the Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident continues to draw global outrage and demands for answers from the Saudi Royal Family.

President Trump also bought into the Saudi's denial before new evidence emerged, and has argued against canceling lucrative weapons deals with the kingdom despite the human rights atrocity.

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