Saudi chief prosecutor arrives in Turkey to investigate Khashoggi murder

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Saudi Arabian Attorney General Saudi Muceb (C) departs from the courthouse after meeting Istanbul's Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan (not seen) within the investigation of killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey on October 29, 2018. AFP PHOTOS

Saudi public prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb arrived in Turkey overnight, days after he contradicted weeks of Saudi statements by saying that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing at the country’s consulate general in İstanbul was premeditated, Reuters reported

On Monday he met with İstanbul’s chief public prosecutor.

“The whole truth must be revealed,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a news conference. “We believe this visit is important for these truths to come out.”

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside the consulate after he went there to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Saudi officials initially insisted that Khashoggi left the compound on Oct. 2 after completing his paperwork. Turkish officials, however, said they believed he was killed inside by a team sent from Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh’s numerous shifting accounts of the killing have undermined the crown prince’s standing in the West.

Çavuşoğlu called on Riyadh to conclude the investigation as soon as possible.

Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT Haber said Saudi officials at Monday’s meeting requested that the entire investigation folder, including evidence, statements and footage, be given to them. TRT said the Saudi request was denied.

Turkish prosecutors at the meeting, which lasted slightly over an hour, repeated Ankara’s request that 18 suspects be brought to Turkey and that the location of Khashoggi’s body be revealed, it said.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said Al Mojeb was expected to inspect the Saudi consulate.

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