Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was disposed of after he was strangled and his body dismembered in the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors said Wednesday.
They said in a statement that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia over its war in Yemen and other issues, was killed soon after entering the consulate on Oct. 2.
The Turkish prosecutors also said discussions about the case between Turkish officials and visiting Saudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb have yielded «no concrete results.»
According to local media, the chief Turkish prosecutor has called on his Saudi counterpart to identify the mastermind behind the murder of Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor recently said the act was carried out with premeditation, contradicting earlier Saudi statements calling the Washington Post columnist’s death an accident that occurred during a fistfight or interrogation.
Turkish officials have said from the beginning that Khashoggi was killed with premeditation and his body was dismembered by a team of Saudi operatives dispatched from Riyadh.
All — Kyodo News+