Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the country’s Turkish consulate before his body was dismembered and disposed of, Istanbul’s chief prosecutor has said.
Irfan Fidan said the killing of the dissident writer was planned and that he had asked Saudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb to reveal the location of the body.
It comes after Mr Fidan carried out inspections at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was killed earlier this month, and held meetings with Turkey’s public prosecutor and Turkish intelligence officials.
His statement said discussions with Mr al-Mojeb had yielded no „concrete results“ despite „good-willed efforts“ by Turkey to uncover the truth.
Private news agency, DHA, said Mr al-Mojeb paid a midnight visit to the Turkish intelligence agency’s Istanbul headquarters, although officials were not immediately available to comment.
Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over Mr Khashoggi’s killing on 2 October.
It has also been pressing Saudi Arabia for information concerning the journalist’s remains, which have still not been found, as well as details on who ordered the journalist’s slaying.
Saudi officials have said the kingdom will try the 18 and bring them to justice after the investigation is complete.
It came as a group of Republican senators asked Donald Trump to suspend civilian nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia over the murder of and Saudi actions in Yemen and Lebanon.
The five US lawmakers, led by senator Marco Rubio, said they would use the Atomic Energy Act to block any US-Saudi nuclear agreements if Mr Trump did not cut off talks.
„The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgment of current decision makers in Saudi Arabia,“ the senators wrote.
„We therefore request that you suspend any related negotiations for a US-Saudi civil nuclear agreement for the foreseeable future,“ said the lawmakers, who included senators Cory Gardner, Rand Paul, Dean Heller and Todd Young.