Saudi journalist Khashoggi couldn't have been murdered without 'high-level' order: Turkish spox

Saudi Arabia's flag flies atop the country's consulate in Istanbul Friday Oct. 26 2018. The Saudi officials who killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate must reveal the location of his body Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Saudi Arabia's flag flies atop the country's consulate in Istanbul Friday Oct. 26 2018. The Saudi officials who killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate must reveal the location of his body Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Irfan Fidan said on Wednesday that Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as soon as he entered the building and his body was dismembered before being disposed of.

The prosecutor also said discussions with Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb have yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" to uncover the truth.

His body was then dismembered and destroyed - "again, in line with advance plans", it added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on the Saudi prosecutor to say who sent the team to kill Khashoggi.

Celik also said it was not possible that Saudi officials had still not found the journalist's body after almost a month of investigations. After 2 weeks, the Saudi authorities confirmed the journalist's death allegedly in a quarrel.

Mojeb said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated and Riyadh said 18 suspects had been arrested.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly shifted its account of what happened to Khashoggi after he entered its consulate nearly a month ago. It did not say if Turkish officials would travel to Saudi Arabia.

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Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and an outspoken critic of the Saudi royal family, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get a marriage licence while his fiancée was waiting outside. "He should not allow my fiance's murder to be covered up", she said in Turkish, according to a video published by British media.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, but a Saudi official eventually attributed his death to a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

In wake of the murder, Germany suspended export licenses to Saudi, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo invalidated visas of Saudi officials who are believed to be part of the plot to murder the journalist.

Saudi Arabia changed its story several times, before admitting he died in the consulate and evidence showed the killing was premeditated.

President Trump also bought into the Saudi's denial before new evidence emerged, and has argued against canceling lucrative weapons deals with the kingdom despite the human rights atrocity.

Investigation of the incident suggests a special hit squad came to the consulate to kill Kashoggi and cover up the murder.

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