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Turkish prosecutors say Khashoggi was killed, dismembered in Saudi Istanbul consulate

Turkish prosecutors say Khashoggi was killed, dismembered in Saudi Istanbul consulate

"The killing, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Turkey violates the norms of worldwide law".

The Washington Post writer and frequent critic of Saudi leadership returned to the building October 2 and was killed.

The Swiss government halted arms exports to Saudi Arabia in 2009, but was until now supplying the kingdom with spare parts as well as munitions for air-defence systems and firearms for private use.

US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled the minute he stepped inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and his body was then hacked to bits and secretly disposed of, a top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday.

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

But Mr Trump is coming under pressure from senators from his own party, who have urged him to suspend civilian nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia over both Khashoggi's killing and Saudi actions in Yemen and Lebanon. "As Saudi public prosecutor, you have to ask that question, so you can reveal it", Erdoğan told reporters in Ankara, shortly after the head of the Saudi investigation, Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, entered the diplomatic compound. It also pointed to a lack of cooperation from Saudi officials in the investigation of the slaying.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the U.S. had been watching the conflict, in which almost 10,000 people have been killed, "for long enough".

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators", the official said.

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Cengiz said she had been shown no recordings of what happened inside the consulate and that she got most of her information from the media.

Speaking after the meeting between Fidan and al-Mojeb, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called on Saudi Arabia to reveal the "whole truth" about the killing.

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

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. It suggested he had died in a "fist fight".

"He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiance's murder", she said. To do so would indicate risky weakness, reflect badly on his judgment to make MBS the next in line, and invite further demands from other disgruntled senior members of the royal family, say some skeptical analysts and diplomats.

Saudi Arabia has so far denied the extradition of 18 suspects detained in Riyadh, but officials insist the kingdom will bring them to justice once the investigation is complete.

In response to the uproar, Saudi authorities arrested 18 suspects, fired five officials and ordered a reorganisation of the nation's intelligence agency.