ISTANBUL — Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was strangled almost as soon as he stepped into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul a month ago, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed, the chief prosecutor for Istanbul said Wednesday, giving the first official explanation from Turkey of how Khashoggi died.
The statement from Irfan Fidan, the chief prosecutor for Istanbul, came after three days of meetings with his Saudi counterpart ended with little progress.
“Despite all our good intentions and efforts to unravel the truth, a concrete outcome was not reached from the meetings,” the statement said.
The Saudi chief prosecutor, Saud al-Mujeb, left for the airport and was scheduled to return to Saudi Arabia.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- 'Now you've got coronavirus,' Florida man tells boy to his face as the spit flies
- Man subdues leaping leopard
- Airway Heights Correctional Center inmate kills his cellmate, who victimized killer's sister
- Kenya’s solution to the school problem: Cancel the year and start over VIEW
- Georgia teens shared photos of maskless students in crowded hallways. Now they're suspended.
The statement, which was distributed to Turkish news channels and read out by reporters on live television, said that Khashoggi was strangled Oct. 2 and his body dismembered and completely destroyed.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, had entered the Saudi Consulate to obtain a document required for his marriage the next day.
No body has been found, and Turkish officials have repeatedly demanded that Saudi officials reveal the location of his remains and identify the “local collaborator” who Saudi officials have said handled the disposal.
The Turkish prosecutor has been invited to visit Saudi Arabia to interrogate the 18 Saudis who have been detained in the case, the statement said.