I don't think the Saudis betrayed me on Khashoggi case


Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Saud Al Mojeb, has said the killing of the dissident writer was planned and that he had asked a Saudi prosecutor to reveal the location of the body.

In an interview with ABC News, Cengiz said Khashoggi had been anxious about being spirited back to Saudi Arabia the first time he went to the consulate unannounced on September 28, but was pleasantly surprised when he received a warm reception.

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

Often on the receiving end of Khashoggi's criticisms, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had earlier lauded the "unique" cooperation between Saudi and Turkey.

Jamal Khashoggi's image on a poster during an October 8 protest at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey says that despite all well-intended efforts, authorities have unable to reach "concrete results" in the investigation of Khashoggi's killing.

According to a statement from the office of chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan, the journalist was the victim of a premeditated killing and his body was dismembered and disposed of.

He also claimed that Mojeb was in pursuit of Khashoggi's phone, which the journalist handed to his Turkish fiancee before entering the consulate.

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It did not say if Turkish officials would travel to Saudi Arabia.

But Bachelet said Tuesday that because "high-level officials in Saudi Arabia were apparently involved" in Khashoggi's slaying, "the bar must be set very high to ensure meaningful accountability and justice".

Abdulkadir Selvi, a well-connected pro-government columnist in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, said the Saudi prosecutor refused to share any information with the Turkish authorities during his visit.

U.S. President Donald Trump on October 23 denounced Saudi handling of the death of Khashoggi, calling it the "worst cover-up ever" and "a total fiasco".

Saudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb held talks with Istanbul's prosecutor on Monday and yesterday about Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which has escalated into a crisis for the world's top oil exporter.

Fidan's office said the Saudi delegation submitted a written response to questions and invited the Turkish delegation to come to Saudi Arabia bringing "evidence obtained during the course of the investigation".

"Saudi officials need to reveal the local co-operators There is no point trying to save some people from under this".