Claims Khashoggi's body 'dissolved' after Istanbul murder

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

An advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday claimed that the body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago.

A top Turkish official has said he believes Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up.

"But now we see that they didn't just cut it up, they dissolved the body".

"Khashoggi was killed according to a plan previously prepared and his body was dismembered and discarded", the newspaper said, citing the Turkish statement.

Saudi Arabia's story on what happened to Khashoggi has evolved from blanket denial of any involvement to a claim that "rogue" operatives carried out a mission to kill him ― supposedly without the knowledge of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Ms Cengiz said: "They strangled Jamal and dismembered and destroyed his body".

The attempt to criticise Khashoggi in private stands in contrast to the Saudi government's later public statements decrying his death as a "terrible mistake" and "terrible tragedy", the sources said.

"The murder of an innocent person is one crime", said Aktay, who was the first government official contacted by Khashoggi's fiance, Hatice Cengiz, after he went missing.

"We know that the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia", he wrote in the Washington Post, where Khashoggi had written a column.

Kaplan added that although Erdogan doesn't mention Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) name and has always emphasized his respect and good intentions towards King Salman, the Turkish president implied in the op-ed that the crown prince is the one who gave the order.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it may take "a handful more weeks" before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on the individuals responsible.

In a column for the Post Friday, Cengiz called her fiance's death "barbaric and ruthless". It was later discovered that he had been killed while inside, as his murder sparked a major diplomatic storm. Turkey's state-run news agency says the Turkish military has shelled positions held by USA -backed Kurdish fighters across the border east of the Euphrates River in Syria, killing four Kurdish fighters and wounding six others.

Turkey's president has urged Saudi Arabia to conduct its investigation transparently and explain to certain peculiar details in the case.

Instead, the White House "has joined governments around the region in weighing what effect the stigma of the Khashoggi killing may have on the crown prince's ability to rule, and what benefit can be extracted from his potential weakness", the Times said, quoting people familiar with the administration's deliberations.

Al-Jazeera reported on its website that "officials from Turkish intelligence service let Saudi Attorney General al-Mujeb listen to sound recordings of the killing of Khashoggi".

Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, but has recently acknowledged that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated.

If the democracies of the world do not take genuine steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of this brazen, callous act ... what moral authority are they left with?

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