Meeting of Saudi suspects in Turkey's Yalova 'linked' to Khashoggi body


Yalova Governor Muammer Erol said in a written statement that the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office shall speak about the essence and the results of the search.

Turkish police on Monday were searching two villas in a northwestern province for the remains of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported.

The investigation has focused attention on the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who has imprisoned rivals, clerics and independent political activists at home.

During the initial search in October, police said they explored the buildings on the compound, but this morning authorities returned with dogs and drones to begin a more detailed investigation of the grounds.

There is also no confirmation of who ordered the killing. The assassins strangled and dismembered him before removing his remains, which have yet to be found.

Turkey has maintained pressure on Saudi Arabia over the October 2 killing of the US-based columnist for The Washington Post who was a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Intelligence officials in several Western countries say the killing was nearly certainly carried out with either the authorization or knowledge of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

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Police previously searched areas in Yalova as well as around Istanbul, including the Saudi Consulate, the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general and a forest on the outskirts of the city.

Turkey's steady release of investigative details has kept Saudi Arabia's leaders on the defensive and forced a belated Saudi admission that its agents were responsible for Khashoggi's death.

Khashoggi was killed in a rogue operation and Saudi Arabia has since arrested several suspects in the case.

Abahussain was among 17 Saudi nationals who were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department this month for their role in the killing.

Turkey says the journalist was killed by a 15-member assassination squad sent from Riyadh.

Selvi wrote: "It is said that the Crown Prince gave an instruction to silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible and this instruction was captured during the Central Intelligence Agency wiretapping".