Body of Khashoggi dismembered after being killed: Istanbul prosecutor

Body of Khashoggi dismembered after being killed: Istanbul prosecutor

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death soon after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, while his body was "cut into pieces", chief Turkish prosecutor Ifran Fidan said.

The Turkish prosecutors also said discussions about the case between Turkish officials and visiting Saudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb have yielded "no concrete results".

Istanbul chief public prosecutor Irfan Fidan said he was invited to Saudi Arabia as part of the probe.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation".

Top Saudi and Turkish prosecutors on Monday discussed the investigation into the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a show of cooperation amid Turkish demands that Saudi Arabia turn over 18 detained suspects for a murder trial.

Khashoggi's death has brought near unprecedented global scrutiny on Saudi Arabia and Erdogan has pressed Riyadh to reveal the truth, including the location of the Washington Post contributor's missing body.

Khashoggi, who lived in exile, had written critically of Saudi Arabia's crown prince. The release of gruesome details of the killing by anonymous Turkish officials appears created to pressure Saudi Arabia into complying with Turkey's demands and efforts at managing the crisis.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his fiancee, who was waiting for him outside.

"Turkey, the United States and Saudi Arabia have all agreed that he was killed at the consulate".

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators", the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

Saudi officials have not revealed who has been arrested in relation to the killing despite calls from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Business Insider has contacted Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington, DC, for comment.

Meanwhile, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi has expressed displeasure at US President Donald Trump's response to the killing in Istanbul.

Riyadh initially insisted that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but as pressure grew, Saudi state media changed the story and said Khashoggi died when an argument descended into a brawl.

Riyadh and Ankara have agreed to cooperate in the investigation of Khashoggi's slaying inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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