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Jamal Khashoggi's Body Dissolved After Dismemberment, Turkish Official Says

Jamal Khashoggi's Body Dissolved After Dismemberment, Turkish Official Says

The order to kill Jamal Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of Saudi Arabia's government, President Erdogan said yesterday as one of his advisers suggested that the journalist's body had been dissolved in acid.

- President Erdogan wrote in an op-ed for Washington Post.

"As responsible members of the global community, we must reveal the identities of the puppet-masters behind Khashoggi's killing and discover those in whom Saudi officials - still trying to cover up the murder - have placed their trust", Erdogan noted. The worldwide community refused to accept the Saudi claim that the incident was not a premeditated murder.

The crown prince, who has denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, reportedly described the journalist as a unsafe Islamist shortly after he vanished in a phone call with White House adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton.

A delegation of conservative evangelical Christian leaders from the United States met Thursday (Nov. 1) with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who is under fire after the death of a journalist in his country's consulate in Istanbul. "Unfortunately, the Saudi authorities have refused to answer those questions", he said.

But Yasin Aktay, who advises President Tayyip Erdogan and was a friend of Khashoggi's, told Hurriyet newspaper that the corpse was disposed of by dismembering and dissolving it.

But on Wednesday Turkey said he was strangled immediately after entering the consulate and his body dismembered "in accordance with plans made in advance".

Khashoggi disappeared October 2 after visiting the consulate in Istanbul to get documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. He said Turkey's close ties to Saudi Arabia did not mean that Turkey could turn a blind eye to the killing of the journalist.




Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi rulers, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"The larger problem is Iran and we have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities that it has been doing over the last few weeks in Europe", said Netanyahu.

Khashoggi's death, which reportedly happened in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, has enraged several individuals, institutions and countries globally. His invitation for Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic.

"The tragic and unjustified" slaying of Khashoggi "is the theme of today's onslaught and demonization of Saudi Arabia in the same fashion as the previous crises".

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators".

As for the Khashoggi disappearance, it is the belief of many that Saudi agents murdered him during his visit to the Gulf state's consultant in Turkey, then chopped into small pieces and discreetly transported him out of the building, or even dissolved him inside.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects so they can be put on trial in Turkey.

Khashoggi died as he tried to arrange paperwork for their wedding, Cengiz said in a recorded video message that was played at Friday's event.