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Funeral prayers held in Istanbul for slain Saudi journalist

A person holds up a banner as members of the Arab-Turkish Media Association and friends attend funeral prayers in absentia for Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi who was killed last month in the Saudi Arabia consulate, in Istanbul, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday called for an international investigation into the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL — Funeral prayers have been held in Istanbul for journalist Jamal Khashoggi more than a month after his slaying at the Saudi Consulate.

Khashoggi’s friends, Turkish politicians and others attended Friday’s funeral prayers at Istanbul’s Fatih Mosque. The prayers were held “in absentia” because The Washington Post columnist’s remains have not been found.

The prayers came a day after Saudi Arabia announced it would seek the death penalty against five men suspected in the killing. The announcement failed to appease Turkey, which has piled increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia, but may be enough for some of Riyadh’s Western allies to move on and press for key demands.

Mourners said they would continue to seek justice for Khashoggi and press for those who ordered the killing to be punished.

The Associated Press