Khashoggi murder: Police searching villa in NW Turkey

Khashoggi murder: Police searching villa in NW Turkey

Khashoggi murder: Police searching villa in NW Turkey

Investigators were searching the well on the property, located in the Samanlı village in the Termal district.

So far, police have drained the grounds of the first villa of water, using specialist equipment to search for any human remains.

Yalova Gov. Muammer Erol confirmed to the Associated Press that a search related to Khashoggi's killing was taking place but said he was not authorized to divulge any information.

The report identified the owner of the property as a Saudi national but did not specify what was discussed, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose details from the ongoing investigation.

MEE understands that dogs and drones are being used in the search, and the next-door villa is now being probed.

Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

Activists and journalists who today protested against Mohammed's visit in the Tunisian capital displayed a banner of the Crown Prince holding a chainsaw - a reference to Khashoggi's dismemberment, Bloomberg News reported. The prince has been touring Arab countries and presenting a calm front despite worldwide criticism sparked by Khashoggi's murder.

According to Istanbul chief prosecutor, Khashoggi was strangled to death after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body was dismembered and destroyed thereafter. The journalist disappeared after entering the consulate in Istanbul in early October to acquire marriage papers.

Meanwhile, Prince Mohammed was due to arrive in Egypt on Monday for a two-day visit, state news agency MENA reported, part of his first trip overseas since Khashoggi's murder.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, weeks later the Saudi administration admitted he was killed there, blaming a rogue group of Saudi operatives. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh later said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Ankara insists the orders for the killing came from the highest levels of the Saudi government, but not King Salman.

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