Turkey: Saudi journalist Khashoggi strangled 'immediately'

Hatice Cengiz said President Trump 'should help reveal the truth'

Hatice Cengiz said President Trump 'should help reveal the truth'

Turkey's prosecutor has said that Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, with his body dismembered.

Turkey cast doubt Wednesday on whether Saudi Arabia was willing to "genuinely cooperate" in the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as global pressure increased on Riyadh to provide answers.

A statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's office added that Mr Khashoggi's body was dismembered and disposed of.

The Turkish lawyer looking into the death of Jamal Khashoggi has asked Saudi Arabia's prosecutor to disclose who sent the team involved in the journalist's killing, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Fidan said that talks with Saudi Arabia had produced "no concrete results".

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the USA had been watching the conflict, in which almost 10,000 people have been killed, "for long enough".

Cengiz said Khashoggi's death had "left a void in (her) heart and soul", adding: "If only I knew what would happen, I would have entered the consulate myself".

Earlier this month, press accounts quoted a Saudi official as saying the body had been given to a "local collaborator" to take care of, but no Saudi official has addressed the body's whereabouts on record.

"The explanations given so far by Saudi Arabia are not sufficient", Cengiz said.

During the visit, he met high-ranking Turkish officials and inspected the Saudi consulate premises. On Wednesday, unidentified state sources again began dominating news coverage of the murder, saying a Saudi prosecutor who had flown to Turkey to work on the case was unhelpful.

While Trump has called the case "one of the worst cover-ups in history", he warned against halting a Saudi arms deal, saying it would harm USA jobs.

He entered the consulate to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national working for the U.S. press, was a well-known critic of his home country's rulers.

Foreign minister Adel al Jubeir has described the global outcry over the killing as "hysterical" - and told critics they should should wait until Riyadh has completed its investigation before ascribing blame.

And contrary to media reports, Mojeb also said no statement was made by the Saudi authorities that the body was given to a "local co-operator", according to the Istanbul prosecutor's office.

The journalist, a fierce critic of Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, died in what the investigators called a pre-planned killing. "Not only for those who murdered my beloved Jamal, but for those who organised it and gave the order for it".

In response to the uproar, Saudi authorities arrested 18 suspects, fired five officials and ordered a reorganisation of the nation's intelligence agency.

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