Saudi Prosecutor Refuses to tell Turkey Location of Khashoggi’s Body

Hatice Cengiz speaks Monday during a memorial event for her fiancé Jamal Khashoggi at the Mechanical Engineers Institute in London

Turkish officials, including Erdogan, have repeatedly complained that Saudi Arabia has obstructed the investigation by refusing to reveal key pieces of evidence like the location of Khashoggi's body.

They include 15 members of an alleged Saudi "hit squad" that Turkey says was sent to Istanbul to kill the 59-year-old journalist, who lived in exile in the United States and had written critically of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi's body was then dismembered and destroyed in yet another sign his killing was planned in advance, the prosecutor's office said.

Riyadh has formally denied that the body was removed from the consulate in a rug and handed over to a "local co-operator" for disposal, claims made by an unnamed Saudi official speaking to Reuters news agency.

On Tuesday the kingdom's chief prosecutor Saud al-Mujeb met again with Istanbul's chief public prosecutor, Irfan Fidan.

"This incident, this assassination, took place in the Saudi consulate", she said, speaking through a translator.

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

The killing of Khashoggi has significantly raised tensions between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

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Khashoggi lived in self-imposed exile in the US for the past year and wrote editorial columns for The Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir apparent.

The ruling follows three days of unproductive meetings this week between a Saudi prosecutor and brother of King Salman, who was dispatched by Crown Prince Salman, and Turkish security officials.

The Washington Post columnist had reportedly gone to the consulate to collect paperwork needed to marry fiancee Hatice Cengiz. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said the kingdom will try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after the investigation is completed.

"Instead of trying to find out what (evidence) Turkey has, Saudi authorities should give the answers to these questions", Omer Celik told reporters.

Saudi Arabia admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi died at the Saudi Consulate at Instanbul.

The death of the Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident continues to draw worldwide outrage and demands for answers from the Saudi Royal Family.

Associated Press writer Mehmet Guzel reported this story in Istanbul and AP writer Suzan Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey.

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