Saoud Al Modjeb, the Saudi prosecutor who is leading the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, completed his Istanbul inspections on Wednesday.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s chief prosecutor said on Wednesday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, died of suffocation when he entered the building. his body had been dismembered.
Irfan Fidan, confirming information that had already leaked in the Turkish press, added in a statement released by his services that the killers of the journalist had then cleared the body.
The Turkish magistrate, who met earlier this week with the Saudi prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Saud Al Modjeb, confirmed, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said, that the journalist’s murder had been planned.
Irfan Fidan said he had asked his Saudi counterpart if his investigation had been successful and if he knew where Khashoggi’s body was.
No concrete result came out of his talks with the Saudi magistrate, he admitted, however.
“Despite our well-intentioned efforts to bring out the truth, no concrete results came out of these meetings,” he said.
The prosecutor once again called for the extradition to Turkey of the 18 suspects arrested in Saudi Arabia and asked Modjeb to reveal the identity of the “local collaborator” who, according to a Saudi official, took charge of the journalist’s body. .
TURKISH ATTORNEY INVITED TO RYAD
In a written response, Saud al Modjeb invited Irfan Fidan to go to Ryad to interrogate the suspects, to try to find out what has become of the body and to establish if the murder was premeditated, adds the statement of the Turkish prosecutor.
In this response, Modjeb also indicates that the involvement of a “local collaborator” has not been officially confirmed by Ryad.
The Saudi prosecutor left Istanbul in the evening.
For three days, he met with Turkish officials and representatives of the intelligence services. He also visited the Saudi Consulate General.
Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the United States, wrote regularly for the Washington Post forums very critical of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, who in fact heads the kingdom.
Last week, the Saudi prosecutor said, based on information from the Turkish authorities, that the murder was premeditated, marking a new development in the changing versions of Ryad on the case.
Among the 18 suspects arrested in Saudi Arabia are the 15 members of the security team who, according to Turkey, landed a few hours before the murder and perpetrated it.