Khashoggi murderers left Turkey over Saudi King’s phone call: Opposition party leader


After weeks of grisly rumors, Turkey's chief prosecutor has confirmed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one month ago.

Citing an unnamed Turkish official, The Washington Post also reported that Khashoggi's body had been dissolved using acid or another chemical agent.

"We have requested information from Saudi officials regarding the whereabouts of Jamal Khashoggi's body and the identity of the supposed local collaborator".

The kingdom has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the murder of Khashoggi, upending the young crown prince's image as a reformer on the global stage.

That's according to the official statement from Istanbul's chief prosecutor.

Yasin Aktay said the "only logical conclusion" was that those who killed the journalist in Istanbul destroyed the body "to leave no trace behind".

Mr Netanyahu said this while making his first public statement about the Khashoggi case since the Saudi dissident disappeared on October 2.

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His body has not yet been found, but Turkey, the USA and Saudi Arabia have all agreed that he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

A source close to the Saudi Royal Palace told CNN last week that the location of Khashoggi's body was not known to the Saudis.

The call reportedly took place before Saudi authorities admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate.

Officials have repeatedly distanced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the event, though experts have said the "sensitive" plot would have been an order that " only the most senior" Saudi officials, like the Crown Prince, could approve of.

Although their U.S. visas have been revoked, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it would be a "handful more weeks" before the USA knew enough to impose sanctions on individuals involved in Khashoggi's killing.

While Washington remains "committed" to holding all those responsible for the murder accountable, the Kingdom remains a "solid partner" in the United States effort to "change" Iran's behavior, Pompeo said.

"We hope to get momentum towards a United Nations -led investigation into the killing", Benedict added.

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"The president said we will demand accountability for those who were involved in the commission of this heinous crime", Pompeo said.

Erdogan vowed that Turkey would continue to probe the incident and urged Saudi Arabia to reveal the "puppet masters" behind the murder. She contended that the Trump administration has "taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation" because of fears of "upsetting deals or economic ties".

This marked a shift in the official Saudi narrative that refuted all previous claims by the Gulf kingdom.

The CHP leader was referring to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Consulate General to Istanbul, who left Turkey a few days after the disappearance of the journalist.

"We even returned to it a second time later in the discussion because of its importance, and were encouraged by the Crown Prince's candor in his response", Ross told The Post.

Prince Turki reiterated that the Kingdom is committed to bringing to justice those responsible for Khashoggi's murder "and whoever else failed to uphold the law".

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