Saudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb held talks with Istanbul’s prosecutor on Monday and yesterday about Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which has escalated into a crisis for the world’s top oil exporter.
Riyadh at first denied any knowledge of, or role in, his disappearance four weeks ago, but Mojeb has contradicted those statements, saying the killing of Khashoggi, a critic of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was premeditated.
The case has put into focus the West’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia - a major arms buyer and lynchpin of Washington’s regional plans to contain Iran - given the widespread scepticism over its initial response.
Turkey has kept up the pressure on the Saudis, demanding a full explanation and releasing a steady flow of evidence that undermined Riyadh’s early denials. Saudi Arabia says that 18 suspects in the case will face justice in the kingdom, despite repeated calls from Ankara for them to be extradited for trial in Turkey.