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Investigations on Jamal weakened ?

Turkish authorities state that Jamal Khashoggi has been executed by hanging.
An official announcement published by Turkey mentions that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was disappeared inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, was executed by hanging. This is the first official statement made by the Turkish authorities in relate to Jamal since the event.
 
The Turkish announcement descripts that the hanging of Jamal was taken place soon after he entered the Consulate office. The Turkish authorities say that his body was chopped into pieces and destroyed. Accordingly, Turkey points out that the death of Jamal has been pre-organized.
 
The authorities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who issued a statement on the incident, initially claimed that Jamal had been killed in a head-on collision during a quarrel occurred inside the Consulate. Secondly they claimed that his body was wrapped in a tapestry and handed over to an associate. Their statement claimed that the associate was not identified. It is also a question for the investigations carried out so far had not been able to identify who the associate was.
 
According to the officers who are conducting the investigations on Jamal Khashoggi’s death, the body of Jamal was either thrown into somewhere near the Consul’s residence or into an abandoned well; otherwise his body would have been decimated in acid.
 
It is said that chief officer of the investigations carried by Turkey on accord to Jamal Khashoggi’s death Irfan Fidan has recently met with the officers of the investigation carried by Saudi Arabia. Irfan Fidan has stated that there was no permanent agreement between the two parties regarding the investigations. Irfan also says that the Turkish authorities have disagreed with the Saudi authorities for providing evidence on accord to Jamal’s death. The issues related to conducting the judicial process against the eighteen persons arrested in Saudi Arabia suspected of the assassination of Jamal in Turkey have also been discussed in this conversation. However, there is no mentioning whether Saudi Arabia has made any formal response regarding the matter.
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Authorities from United States of America, Saudi Arabia and Turkey admit that Jamal was assassinated. However, neither has an agreement as to how he was murdered. Failure to trace the body of Jamal Khashoggi has become a major obstacle to the investigations. The Turkish authorities have previously stated several times that they possess a voice record containing information indicating that Jamal was tortured and murdered. But no Turkish officials have ever presented such tape.
 
A complain rose that the investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi began after a considerable period of time was passed since his disappearance. During those hours of delay, an application of paint at the Consul's office had been taken place. It is said that all vehicles accessed for causing the crime have already been washed and cleaned by then.
 
Manjula Wijayarathne

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