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Jamal Khashoggi: Symbolic funeral services for murdered journalist

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 People attend a symbolic funeral prayer for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, at the courtyard of Fatih mosque in Istanbul, November 16, 2018

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People attend a prayer for the murdered Saudi journalist at the Fatih mosque in Istanbul

Funeral prayers have taken place in Saudi Arabia and Turkey for murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi’s son Salah with mourners in Jeddah. Hundreds attended prayers in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, as well as in Istanbul, Turkey.

The body of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, has not been found.

Saudi Arabia says an officer ordered Khashoggi’s murder, not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkey insists the order came from the highest levels.

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The decision to hold funeral prayers in the absence of Khashoggi’s body suggests that the family does not expect it to be recovered.

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Mourners gathered to pay their respects in the courtyard of the Fatih mosque
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An imam recited verse from the Quran under a tent set up to protect against the rain

On Friday, mourners were invited to offer their condolences to Khashoggi’s relatives at their home in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah. [19659000] Image copyright
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Khashoggi’s son Salah welcomes mourners in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Friday

Last month Salah, a dual Saudi US citizen, with Saudi King Salman and the crown prince in Riyadh to receive condolences along with other relatives.

He then left for Washington after a travel ban was lifted.

“Vi skal bare sørge for at han hviler i fred,” sagde Salah Khashoggi.

Khashoggi’s forlovede , Hatice Cengiz, previously told the BBC that losing him had left her in shock and that being unable to say goodbye made his death even more difficult to accept.

“If anyone dies, you have to see them come terms with their death, “she said, adding:” That has not happened here. “

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Media caption Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée:” We did not say any goodbyes ”

Prayer services for Khashoggi were also planned to take place in Washington, London and Paris.

It comes a day after Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Public Prosecutor Shalaan bin Rajih Shalaan concluded that an intelligence officer had ordered Khashoggi’s murder.

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At a news conference in Riyadh on Thursday, Mr. Shalaan said Khashoggi was given a lethal injection and his body was dismembered inside the consulate after his death.

The body parts were then handed over to a local “collaborator” outside the grounds, he added . A composite sketch of the collaborator has been produced and investigations are continuing to locate the remains.

Mr. Shalaan did not have the charge of the journalist’s death and the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of them. Identify any of those charged with the murder.

Khashoggi, who wrote a monthly column in the Washington Post, disappeared after entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document.

Turkish officials said his murder was premeditated and carried out by a team of Saudi agents.

Saudi Arabia says he was killed as a result of a “rogue operation” and not at the orders of the crown prince.

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