Turkey says journalist Jamal Khashoggi strangled in Saudi consulate

03 November, 2018, 04:17 | Author: Emmett Rice
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'In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim, Jamal Khashoggi, was strangled and killed immediately after entering, ' the prosecutor's office said.

The Turkish prosecutor's announcement of the cause of death comes just days after Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb left Istanbul.

The statement reiterated a request for the extradition of suspects arrested by Saudi Arabia in the case of the brutal murder.

Jamal Khashoggi's image on a poster during an October 8 protest at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Under mounting pressure, the Saudi regime changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times.

After many conflicting accounts, Riyadh eventually said the journalist was killed in a botched interrogation and that the royal family was not involved.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, who was visiting the consulate in Istanbul where Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, to investigate who ordered the hit on the journalist.

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Al-Mojeb wouldn't answer some of the key questions Turkey asked, the statement said, including: Where is Khashoggi's body?

Khashoggi, a onetime Saudi insider and USA resident who lived in self-imposed exile for nearly a year before his death, had written critically of the crown prince in columns for The Washington Post.

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul was a violation of global law, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Turkey says an "inspection" of the consulate is expected to take place later on Monday, almost two weeks after Saudi journalist after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared there.

Saudi officials also needed to disclose who had sent a 15-strong team to Istanbul to carry out the operation targeting Khashoggi, as well as the identity of a local agent said to have helped dispose of his body. He was last seen entering the building of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul.

Germany has suspended export licenses to the kingdom, while U.S. President Donald Trump has been backed into a corner over his support for a country that is key to U.S. strategies in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia's attorney general admitted Thursday that evidence shared by Turkish officials suggests that Khashoggi's killing was "premeditated".

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