Claims Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’ as fiancee speaks out

Minnie Murray
November 2, 2018

Turkish investigators are reportedly pursuing an alternative theory - that Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid.

The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fuelled an global debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

An adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the journalist was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered.

Yasin Aktay said the "only logical conclusion" was that those who killed the journalist in Istanbul destroyed the body "to leave no trace behind".

The claims came as Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, called on world leaders to "bring the perpetrators to justice", in an editorial for five newspapers, including the Guardian and the Washington Post.

The murder has placed strain on the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ultra-conservative kingdom's de facto ruler.

The newspaper quoted "people familiar with the calls" as saying that Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi defended bin Salman, saying his effective leadership of Saudi Arabia had important strategic implications.

Saudi Arabia has denied the comments were made or that its royal family was involved in the killing, and says it is "determined to find out all the facts".

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

The Washington Post reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told senior Trump administration officials that Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was risky, although later, in public, the crown prince described the killing as a "terrible mistake".

The renaming will take place at 1.14pm, the exact time that CCTV cameras recorded the journalist entering the consulate building in Istanbul and a mock "Khashoggi Street" sign which will be erected near the gates of the Saudi embassy.

The kingdom sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well three intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects. "This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement", said Aktay, who was also close to the journalist.

Details of the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi continue to get grimmer. "We are observing current events with concern", the foundation said in a statement.

Riyadh initially denied it had anything to do with the critic's disappearance and then changed its story several times, first claiming Khashoggi died in a fist fight before admitting Turkish evidence suggested his killing was premeditated. Khashoggi, who had arrived at the consulate to obtain papers to facilitate his marriage with Turkish girlfriend Hatice, was in the Consul General's room when he was grabbed by the squad.

"Today I am inviting the global community to take serious and practical steps to reveal the truth and to prosecute those involved in a court of law".

Earlier, the USA called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.

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