Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered

Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body has been disposed of after being dismembered, Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said on Wednesday.

"We therefore request that you suspend any related negotiations for a U.S. -Saudi civil nuclear agreement for the foreseeable future", said the lawmakers, who included senators Cory Gardner, Rand Paul, Dean Heller and Todd Young.

Abdulkadir Selvi, a well-connected pro-government columnist for Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, accused the Saudi prosecutor of "working to save the crown prince by covering up the investigation rather than shed light on the murder".

"We can not leave this issue unsolved, we need to solve it now".

Over the period - which was either side of the last general election - Saudi Arabia was the government that spent the most on visits by MPs, followed by Taiwan and Hong Kong.

"Despite our well-intentioned efforts to reveal the truth, no concrete results have come out of those meetings", the Istanbul prosecutor's office said of the talks on Monday and Tuesday between Mojeb and Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan.

The statement noted the Saudi delegation again visited Istanbul Prosecutor's Office on October 30, 2018, and the same questions were raised.

But, the statement said, the Saudis had not answered three questions the Turkish side posed - namely, where Khashoggi's body is; whether Saudi investigators had uncovered evidence about the planning of his killing; and the identity of the reported "local collaborator".

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was pictured shaking the hands of the murdered journalist's son Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi in the days following his death.

Cengiz also said she wished she had entered the consulate instead of Khashoggi.

Riyadh's European allies have criticised its initial response and US President Donald Trump said Saudi authorities had staged the "worst cover-up ever", although he has repeatedly said he would not jeopardise US business with the kingdom.

At a memorial service Monday night in London, Cengiz said she never imagined such barbarity was awaiting Khashoggi inside the consulate.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the Saudi regime to reveal the location of Khashoggi's body and who ordered the hit.

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

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over the killing. Riyadh maintained the killing was a rogue operation by renegade security and intelligence officials and not a mission endorsed by MBS.

The search for Khashoggi's body continues, after gruesome reports in the Turkish media alleged it was cut up into multiple pieces. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, however, says the kingdom will try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after the investigation is completed.

According to Turkish prosecutor's office, the Saudi letter said Khasoggi's body can be located after the joint investigation works in Saudi Arabia and that it can also be ascertained if the murder was premeditated. "Not only for those who murdered my beloved Jamal, but for those who organised it and gave the order for it".

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