Turkish police inspecting villa in Yalova in Khashoggi investigation

Turkey Saudi Arabia Writer Killed

The law enforcement agencies later widened the search and investigation to the adjacent villa, it added.

The news outlet, without citing a source, said the villas belong to two Saudi businessmen, including one who had allegedly been contacted by phone by some members of the 15-man Saudi assassination squad that traveled to Istanbul to carry out the deadly operation.

Media reports on Monday said that police forces, who arrived at the villa in the morning, have been conducting a search in the villa and its surrounding property, southeast of Istanbul. The agency says crime scene investigators and sniffer dogs are part of the search. The prince has been touring Arab countries and presenting a calm front despite worldwide criticism sparked by Khashoggi's murder. The voice attributed to a Saudi forensic evidence chief also suggests that others witnessing Khashoggi's harrowing fate listened to music in order to drown out the sounds.

Turkish media reported he is a millionaire close to the Saudi royal family.

Turkish prosecutors say Khashoggi was strangled before he was dismembered.

Jamal Khashoggi
Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi was killed by a 15-member Saudi hit-squad

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.

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

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, weeks later the Saudi administration admitted he was killed there, blaming a rogue group of Saudi operatives.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has said the killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership but probably not from King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the 33-year-old crown prince.

The fallout from Khashoggi's death has put substantial pressure on crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's ruler, who has mounted a widespread and expensive public relations campaign in the West to portray himself as a moderate reformer.

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