Turkey has arrested two men suspected of spying for the United Arab Emirates and is probing if they are tied to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Anadolu state news agency said on Friday.
The two were detained as part of an investigation by Istanbul prosecutors into alleged spying by the Gulf state, Anadolu reported. It did not say when they were arrested or name the two men.
A critic of the Saudi regime, Khashoggi was killed October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has never been recovered.
Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, reported the two suspects were arrested on Monday in a joint operation by Turkish police and the MIT intelligence service.
The two suspects, both UAE citizens, had been in contact with an individual who was under surveillance in the Khashoggi case, the paper reported.
After first denying Khashoggi's murder, Saudi Arabia later said rogue agents had carried out the operation.
A trial of 11 suspects opened earlier this year in Saudi Arabia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said he would keep investigating Khashoggi's death and has criticised the lack of cooperation from Riyadh.Last updated: April 19 2019 06:36 PM