Slain journalist Khashoggi strangled, body dismembered in Saudi consulate: Turkish prosecutor

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. File

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. File

A statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's office also said Wednesday that discussions with Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb have yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" by Turkey to uncover the truth.

Riyadh has acknowledged Khashoggi as a victim to a premeditated killing inside the Saudi mission in Istanbul.

But Turkey, which released a stream of evidence undermining Saudi Arabia's early denials, has demanded more details including the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing.

The country is also asking Saudi Arabia to help locate Khashoggi's body, which still has not been found. Erdogan said Riyadh must disclose the identity of an alleged local collaborator said to have been involved in disposing Khashoggi's body. Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist.

Mojeb was the first Saudi official to acknowledge that the killing was "premeditated" based on the results of Turkey's investigation.

Meanwhile, the Turkish media reported that the attorney General of Saudi Arabia made a brief visit to Turkey, where he met with representatives of the Prosecutor's office and security services.

Turkish investigators have searched for the body in a forest near Istanbul, as well as using a robotic arm to inspect the sewers around the Saudi consulate.

United States President Donald Trump has also come under huge pressure for his support for Riyadh, which is a key cog to the US' interests in the Middle East.

Selvi claimed the prosecutor must know the location of Khashoggi's body because, he said, the 18 suspects had confessed.

In a sign of the pressure on the Saudi leadership to change course, top US officials on Wednesday demanded peace talks within a month to end the Yemen conflict.

Fidan's statement came after Mojeb visited Istanbul this week to discuss the kingdom's investigation into Khashoggi's death.

The slain journalist had also been an outright critic of the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his policies.

After initially insisting that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl during an interview, the Saudi government ultimately admitted he was killed by a "rogue operation", and arrested 18 people.

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