Turkey:l Khashoggi was strangled immediately

Jamal Khashoggi

On Wednesday, Turkish public prosecutor Irfan Fidan said in a statement that Khashoggi was "strangled as soon as he entered the consulate" in line with "premeditated plans..."

Jamal Khashoggi was strangled shortly after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and his body was dismembered afterward, a Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday.

Fidan's statement came after Saudi's top prosecutor, Saud Al Mojeb, visited Istanbul this week to discuss the kingdom's investigation into Khashoggi's death.

Turkey has kept up the pressure on the Saudis, demanding a full explanation and releasing a steady flow of evidence which undermined Riyadh's early denials.

The statement, which was distributed to Turkish news channels and read out by reporters on live television, said that Khashoggi was strangled October 2 and his body dismembered and completely destroyed.

Gruesome reports in the Turkish media had previously alleged that Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Post contributor who had criticised the powerful Saudi crown prince, was killed and cut into pieces by a team sent from Riyadh to silence him.

Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get the needed paperwork to marry his partner.

The statement noted Turkish and Saudi authorities had come to a mutual agreement on carrying out a thorough investigation, revealing all details and bring the offenders and plotters to justice.

Saudi Arabia has not commented on the prosecutor's visit, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.

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Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb reportedly refused to share information from Riyadh's own investigation. Congress has also ordered the Trump administration to launch a federal probe into Khashoggi's death, which could lead to sanctions against senior Saudi officials.

Turkey alleges a Saudi hit squad - including a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage - travelled to Istanbul to kill the journalist and then tried to cover it up.

"Everything around Khashoggi's murder calls into question how closely we should be aligning ourselves with Saudi Arabia", she said.

Cengiz begged the Saudi regime and Prince Mohammed bin Salman to return Khashoggi's missing body, so he could be given a proper burial.

The Turkish public prosecutor's office said they could not achieve concrete results from these talks despite the office's good intentions to uncover the truth behind the killing.

"They took the body of Jamal from me", she said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the investigation needs to be completed swiftly.

According to an ABC News report on Tuesday, Khashoggi's fiancée said that Khashoggi had also entered the same consulate on September 28 in order to request the documents. Fidan asked al-Mojeb to reveal who sent this group, according to the president.

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