Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered immediately after entering Saudi consulate: Turkish prosecutor

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Washington US

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled nearly immediately after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, according to the first in-depth report from the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office.

The Turkish prosecutors also said discussions about the case between Turkish officials and visiting Saudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb have yielded "no concrete results".

The Turkish prosecutor's announcement of the cause of death comes just days after Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb left Istanbul.

Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist, a onetime Saudi insider who became an outspoken critic of Prince Mohammed in columns for The Washington Post.

Speaking in an interview with The Brian Kilmeade Show via teleconference, Pompeo said that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Turkey violated "the norms of worldwide law".

Fidan demanded that his Saudi counterpart detail the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he doesn't feel "betrayed" by Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's death.

The Washington Post columnist had reportedly gone to the consulate to collect paperwork needed to marry fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

It is also pressing Saudi Arabia for information about who ordered Mr Khashoggi's death and the location of his remains.

Turkey says a trial in Turkey would be transparent, reflecting concerns about Saudi attempts to dodge responsibility for the killing.

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul was a violation of worldwide law, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan released a statement through his office on Wednesday saying Khashoggi was strangled moments after he entered the Saudi embassy.

The murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi could not be made without the approval of senior officials of Saudi Arabia.

During the meetings, the Turkish side asked where Khashoggi's body was, whether the Saudi investigation had discovered anything regarding the planning stage of the killing and the identity of the reported "local cooperator".

The case has brought near unprecedented worldwide scrutiny of Saudi Arabia and its powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi had criticised.

There has been no announcement by the Saudis about the visit, which comes just days after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel was in Turkey to review evidence before briefing US President Donald Trump.

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