Top Saudi prosecutor expected in Turkey over writer’s death

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Turkey on Monday called on Saudi Arabia to reveal the "whole truth" about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as the whereabouts of the journalist's body dominated a visit to the country by Riyadh's top prosecutor.

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since 2 October and President Trump has confirmed that he will not cancel existing contracts with Saudi Arabia because it would cost USA jobs.

Germany has vowed to halt all German arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the killing of Khashoggi is explained.

In particular, the incident has raised questions about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a target of Khashoggi's criticism, knew in advance about the gruesome plot.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country would reveal more evidence about the killing but was not in any rush to do so, indicating that Turkish authorities will keep methodically increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia.

In a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump - who has been vocal in his attacks on the press, Michelle Stanistreet, head of the UK's National Union of Journalists, described a "shocking level of state-sponsored impunity" for those who attack media workers.

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Mr. Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork necessary for his upcoming marriage to Ms. Cengiz, a Turkish national.

Cengiz said she had not been contacted by Crown Prince Mohammed or the Saudi Royal family, nor offered any condolences by them.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said those behind the killing would be prosecuted in the kingdom. Some were members of a 15-man hit team, many of them Saudi intelligence operatives, who flew into Istanbul hours before Khashoggi's death, Turkish security sources say.

Turkish prosecutors have prepared a request for the extradition from Saudi Arabia of 18 suspects who were arrested by Riyadh as part of the investigation.

When he addressed the forum in Manama on Saturday, Mattis said that "the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all greatly".

He clarified later that the murder and cover-up should have never happened.

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"I am deeply grateful for the solidarity of people all over the world", Cengiz said. "I want justice for my beloved Jamal. Let's not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values", she told a memorial in London for the slain Washington Post columnist.

British Sunday Express weekly reported that a close friend of Khashoggi, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told it on Saturday night that he was about to obtain "documentary evidence" from his murdered friend proving claims that Riyadh had used banned chemical weapons in its brutal aggression against Yemen.

Ms. Cengiz met Mr. Khashoggi in May at a conference in Istanbul and their relationship blossomed.

Turkish law required that Mr. Khashoggi, who was divorced, provide proof that he did not have a wife and thus his trip to the consulate.

"Like everyone else, I am still waiting for answers", she said. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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