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Offbeat: Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: two years later, Turkey comes to the end of its investigation

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Two years ago to the day, a Saudi journalist was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The victim, Jamal Khashoggi, was a critical voice of Riyadh's power. Exiled in the United States, he wrote in particular for the American daily The Washington Post. While a Saudi court last month overturned the five death sentences handed down after a closed-door trial, Turkish authorities vow to continue the search for justice.

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With our correspondent in Istanbul, Anne Andlauer

Two years after the events, the Turkish authorities are convinced that they have shed light on the assassination committed on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate, in the center of Istanbul.

Thanks to wiretaps, surveillance cameras, hundreds of hours of questioning and physical evidence gathered in the building during searches, they believe they have established with precision the chronology, the modus operandi and the role of each suspect. Only one question remains: What happened to the remains of Jamal Khashoggi, who was strangled before his body was dismembered?

Suspects cleared by Saudi justice

In July, a trial opened in Istanbul. The 20 suspects, all Saudis, were absent, their country refusing to extradite them. Turkish justice accuses 18 of them of having taken part directly in the assassination, and two others of having ordered and planned the crime. The latter are relatives of the crown prince, Mohammed ben Salman, himself implicated by Ankara. They have been cleared by the justice of their country.

This week, the Istanbul prosecution indicted six other suspects in the journalist’s death. Again, they are all Saudis and none are in Turkey.

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