Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Strangled And Dismembered;Turkish Prosecutor

The prosecutor said in a statement that it was a “premeditated” attack.

Riyadh has admitted that a pre-meditated plan was made to kill Khashoggi [Reuters]
Riyadh has admitted that a pre-meditated plan was made to kill Khashoggi [Reuters]

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then his body was dismembered, the office of city’s chief prosecutor said on Wednesday, in the first official comment in a case that has caused a global outrage.

“In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim, Jamal Khashoggi, was choked to death immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, for marriage formalities,” the statement said.

“The victim’s body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation – again, in line with advance plans,” it added.

In a statement released to the Turkish press on Wednesday, Istanbul’s top prosecutor Irfan Fidan described the killing as “premeditated” and categorized recent meetings with Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor about the ongoing investigation as less than helpful.

“Despite all our good intentions and efforts to unravel the truth, a concrete outcome was not reached from the meetings,” Fidan’s statement said. The Saudi official, Saud al-Mujeb, had spent three days conferring with Turkish authorities in Istanbul but was scheduled to head back to Saudi Arabia later that day.

In a statement released to the Turkish press on Wednesday, Istanbul’s top prosecutor Irfan Fidan described the killing as “premeditated” and categorized recent meetings with Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor about the ongoing investigation as less than helpful.

“Despite all our good intentions and efforts to unravel the truth, a concrete outcome was not reached from the meetings,” Fidan’s statement said. The Saudi official, Saud al-Mujeb, had spent three days conferring with Turkish authorities in Istanbul but was scheduled to head back to Saudi Arabia later that day.

The Saudis maintain that Khashoggi died as the result of a rogue operation gone awry and have detained 18 people in connection to the case.

However, Turkish authorities and many experts believe that Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, likely ordered the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death.

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