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

Turkey Says Khashoggi Strangled in Consulate as International Fallout Continues

Turkey Says Khashoggi Strangled in Consulate as International Fallout Continues

Late last month, Prince Mohammed said that "the crime was painful to all Saudis".

The prince said Khashoggi, 59, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Middle East group Bolton and members of the Trump administration considers terrorists. "But in addition to that, we also recognize a long time, deep set of the strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Mr Khashoggi's family vehemently denied that he was in any way risky or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Post also reported that bin Salman, in conversations with the White House, has described Khashoggi as "a unsafe Islamist", claiming he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. "To claim otherwise would be ridiculous", the statement said.

There is still no consensus on how Khashoggi died.

Turkey, for its part, said Khashoggi was strangled the moment he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the city's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday, adding that it was a premeditated murder.

Turkish media had previously quoted sources as saying Khashoggi had been tortured.

The two sides discussed a wide range of topics including Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia's relations with the US.

When he first disappeared, it said Khashoggi had walked out of the building alive.

The kingdom initially said the journalist left the consulate unharmed, but later backtracked and admitted that agents inside had killed him.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside the consulate as the journalist entered to obtain documents for their upcoming marriage, said what was done to his body was "brutal, barbaric and ruthless".

Saudi Arabia has faced backlash over the death, including from its allies, who have called for answers.

He recalled that the German journalist was released after a phone call made by Chancellor Angela Merkel and detained United States Pastor Andrew Brunson was freed after a call by U.S. President Donald Trump. However, he also said he was unwilling to sacrifice lucrative arms deals with the country.

The US will need a "handful more weeks" to decide if Saudi Arabia should be somehow sanctioned for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Mike Pompeo has said, noting that Riyadh remains a "great partner" serving US national security.

A Saudi official acknowledged that phone calls between the prince and U.S. officials are likely, but denied the royal made such comments.

"We have requested information from Saudi officials regarding the whereabouts of Jamal Khashoggi's body and the identity of the supposed local collaborator".

On Wednesday, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Khashoggi's death was a "crime" and "odious".

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