Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Cengiz, a Turkish national, was placed under 24-hour police protection in Turkey on Monday, just days after Saudi Arabia finally admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside its consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will visit Istanbul on Sunday as part of the investigation of Khashoggi's case, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Turkish officials have said that a Saudi team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered the writer in a premeditated act - and has asked that Saudi Arabia hand over the suspects.

"With our collective interests in peace and unwavering respect for human rights in mind, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all", Gen Mattis said.

Riyadh's admission that the murder appeared to be a premeditated killing marked the latest twist in the official narrative from Saudi authorities.

US and foreign officials say such an operation - involving a team of Saudi agents - was unlikely to have taken place without the knowledge of the kingdom's leaders, including ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He said: "Intelligence and security institutions have evidence showing the murder was planned... pinning such a case on some security and intelligence members will not satisfy us or the global community".

The murder has sparked an worldwide crisis for Saudi Arabia, whose official narrative changed again on Thursday, when a Saudi public prosecutor admitted the murder appeared to have been premeditated.

An official in Washington said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had "raised the safety and security of the Khashoggi family members with the Saudi leadership", but declined to discuss the specifics of Salah's travel. He said Saudi Arabia was combating Iran's vision of "darkness" in the Middle East.

Al-Jubeir said critics should wait for the Saudi investigation to publish its conclusions rather than blaming the kingdom "from the get-go". She said: "I would never have wanted to marry him if I had known it would lead to his death".

"What is the link between arms sales and Khashoggi?" he said, calling it "pure demagoguery to call for a halt" to exports over the killing.

Hatice Cengiz told Turkish news channel HaberTurk that she kept asking herself if she had missed signs of Khashoggi's impending fate and whether she should have prevented her fiance from entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"Our Secretary of State has already revoked visas and will be taking additional measures", Mattis said. All four of Khashoggi's children are now in the U.S.

Worldwide pressure has increased on the Saudi leadership to come clean on the case, after Riyadh shifted its official explanation a number of times.

"You need to show the body".

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