Saudi, Turkish prosecutors discuss Khashoggi killing

Saudi, Turkish prosecutors discuss Khashoggi killing”

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has arrived in Istanbul to assist with Turkey's ongoing investigation into the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as footage emerged of Saudi consulate cars being cleaned after his murder.

Riyadh on Saturday dismissed Ankara's calls to extradite 18 Saudis being held over the murder. "He was unhappy and he was anxious", said the Middle Eastern academic, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"If only I knew what would happen, I would have entered the consulate myself".

Reports in the Turkish media have said that Mr Khashoggi's body, which has still not been found, was cut up into multiple pieces.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who spoke at the conference earlier in the day, promised the United States would seek to hold accountable those responsible for the death, though he did not mention Saudi Arabia by name.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The Washington Post reported in 2016 on the use by Saudi Arabia of USA -supplied white phosphurus so it's not clear just what Khashoggi would have been exposing if he, indeed, was about to obtain documentary evidence.

A driver who drove some of the Saudi team to the airport after Khashoggi's murder told A Haber television that the men had appeared relaxed and cheerful, smoking and drinking alcohol on the way home. He is also expected to visit the Saudi consulate building where Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents on 2 October.

The kingdom, however, later admitted that the journo had been murdered in the consulate after diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an account on the mysterious fate of its national.

When asked why MI6 did not alert its intelligence partner the USA, the source said "a decision was taken that we'd done what we could". The sweep, described by Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his backers as an anti-corruption drive, helped the new crown prince consolidate his power and weaken potential rivals. "Whether this meant he was not the original issuer we can not say", the source noted.

Turkey believes Saudi and Turkish prosecutors sharing information on the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is useful, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, adding that the cooperation should continue.

Separately, the highly-placed source has confirmed that Britain's MI6 had warned its Saudi Arabian counterparts to cancel the mission, though this request was ignored.

"On October 1, we became aware of the movement of a group, which included members of [Saudi General Intelligence Directorate] to Istanbul, and it was pretty clear what their aim was. Subsequent events show that our warning was ignored".

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