Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Jamal Khashoggi was risky Islamist: Saudi Crown Prince Salman

Jamal Khashoggi was risky Islamist: Saudi Crown Prince Salman

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", the statement said.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday, Erdogan says: "we must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing".

The body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been dissolved in acid after he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper this week.

The journalist's body has still not been found a month after his disappearance on 2 October, when he entered the consulate to obtain marriage papers while his fiance, Hatice Cengiz, waited outside.

Without his body, Khashoggi's loved ones haven't been able to perform his funeral prayer, Cengiz said, adding, "our pain is still as fresh as the first day".

Salman's alleged claims run counter however to public statements later made by the Saudi government, lamenting Khashoggi's death as a "terrible mistake".

"Now we see that they did not only dismember his body but also vaporised it".

The New York Times, quoting two people familiar with the matter, reported Friday that White House officials knew from an October 9 phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he considered Khashoggi a unsafe Islamist, and therefore knew the Saudi prince had a potential motive for the killing.

Reports have indicated they appeared unwilling to share knowledge over the investigation, however, with an unnamed Turkish official telling Agence France-Presse on Wednesday that the Saudis "seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators".

According to the latest information, the reason why they broke up the body is to make it dissolve more easily.

It remains unknown if the Saudi royal family was involved in the operation, but earlier this month President Trump said the determined to get to the bottom of Khashoggi's death.

Istanbul's prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday that the writer had been strangled.

Aktay said the treatment of Khashoggi's body following the October 2 killing was a "disgrace".

Saudi Arabia previously said his intact remains had been wrapped in a rug and disposed of by a "local collaborator", although the Saudi attorney general, Saud al-Mojeb, walked back that claim in talks with Istanbul's chief prosecutor this week. Eighteen people were arrested. USA officials have said such a mission - including 15 men sent from Riyadh - could not have been carried out without the authorization of bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler.

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