Turkish police raid Saudi businessman's villa in search for Khashoggi's body

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Turkey: Police search Yalova villa in Khashoggi murder case

Police searched a mansion in northwestern Turkey belonging to a Saudi citizen on Monday after investigators determined that the man had been in contact with one of the suspects in the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish officials said.

The police and and the gendarmerie took security measures around the two storey villa, even as the drone-backed search was assisted by sniffer dogs as well.

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

In a statement, the Istanbul prosecutor said the first villa is owned by a Saudi man who had spoken to one of the murder suspects on October 1. And the prosecutors have professed ignorance about the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains, saying that the Saudi agents turned over his body to a local "collaborator".

Turkish officials have said a 15-member assassination squad sent from Riyadh strangled and dismembered Khashoggi.

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The prosecutor added this information was the reason given to search the building.

Turkish police have already searched the consulate and consul general's residence during the investigation they have been carrying out on the case.

Turkish forensic officers conduct a search at a villa in the village of Samanli in Yalova's Termal district, Turkey, Nov. 26, 2018.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month said Turkey had given "recordings" on the murder of Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain.

Meanwhile, Prince Mohammed was due to arrive in Egypt on Monday for a two-day visit, state news agency MENA reported, part of his first trip overseas since Khashoggi's murder.

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Ankara insists the orders for the killing came from the highest levels of the Saudi government, but not King Salman.

Saudi Arabia initially said Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate before shifting its account of what happened amid Turkish intelligence leaks.

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

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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