Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

Earlier on Monday, Turkish police carried out inspections at a villa in the northwestern province of Yalova as part of investigation into the killing, Anadolu Agency reported.

Crime scene investigators and other officials aided by sniffer dogs and a drone, first sealed off one of the villas in the Samanlı village of Yalova province and later expanded their search to the grounds of the neighboring villa. (AAP) A forensics officer with a sniffer dog walks through the gardens of a villa in Turkey as part of the investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey has maintained pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of the USA -based columnist for The Washington Post.

The same source said the villa is owned by a Saudi businessman who has been out of the country for at least two months and spoke to the Saudi operative from outisde the country. The assassins strangled and dismembered him before removing his remains, which have yet to be found. "The communication has been considered to be about the disposal/hiding of Khashoggi's corpse", read a statement from the prosecutor's office on November 26.

Turkish police cars seen parked as they search two adjoining villas in Yalova in northwest Turkey, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the killing was premeditated and that it was ordered by the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

A senior Turkish official recently told the Washington Post that the slain journalist's body was destroyed in acid on the grounds of the Saudi consulate or at the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general. The Saudi agents blamed for the killing included some members of the crown prince's security entourage.

His body has not been found and his death has triggered widespread global criticism of Riyadh.

Yalova Governor Muammer Erol said that the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office will make a final statement about the search operation.

Mr al-Fawzan was not in Turkey when Mr Khashoggi was killed on October 2 but investigators believe he may have let the hit squad use his property, according to state media.

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