Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi was immediately strangled in Saudi consulate

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Instead, it said, the Saudis on Wednesday invited the Turkish prosecutor and his delegation to Saudi Arabia jointly to question the suspects held there about what happened to Khashoggi's body and whether his death was premeditated.

The details were released following a meeting between Turkey's chief prosecutor Firdan and his Saudi counterpart Saud al Mojeb.

The Saudi prosecutor, who visited the consulate and met with Turkish officials, also reiterated his country's rejection of Turkey's demand to extradite Saudi nationals involved in the murder, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation". Unnamed Saudi officials previously claimed that Khashoggi's body was wrapped up in some kind of fabric and given to a local Turkish coconspirator.

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".

The killing of Mr Khashoggi, a critic of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has put into focus the West's close relationship with Saudi Arabia - a major arms buyer and lynchpin of the USA regional plans to contain Iran.

He added that "depending on the results that will be announced (of the Turkish and Saudi investigations), we will implement the necessary sanctions against those guilty".

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It came in the backdrop of mounting pressure on Saudi to account for the whereabouts of Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over the journalist's slaying.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesperson Ömer Çelik said Wednesday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could not have been killed without orders from high-level positions.

The Swiss government halted arms exports to Saudi Arabia in 2009, but was until now supplying the kingdom with spare parts as well as munitions for air-defence systems and firearms for private use.

Reportedly, prosecutor further said that Khashoggi's body "cut into pieces" after the murder.

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

Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist and outspoken critic of the Saudi leadership.

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