Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’, says Erdogan adviser

Cheryl Sanders
November 4, 2018

Aktay, who also a friend of the also a friend of the slain Washington Post columnist, said this on Friday, November 2.

But he said Turkish authorities still don't know where Khashoggi's body is or the identity of the "local collaborator" to whom Saudi officials claim to have handed the remains, Erdogan said.

Erdogan wrote: "As responsible members of the worldwide 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".

"The killing of a journalist naturally should be met with outrage, but numerous kingdom's critics seem bent on dragging Saudi Arabia through the mud", a Saudi political analyst told AFP.

During phone calls with President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser John Bolton, Prince Mohammed said Khashoggi had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist organization, the Washington Post reports.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it would be a "handful more weeks" before the United States had enough evidence to impose sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. However, Riyadh rejects that Bin Salman ordered the hit.

He complained that no action had been taken against the Saudi consul general, who has left Turkey, and accused the Saudi public prosecutor of failing to co-operate with the investigation "and answer even simple questions".

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

Amnesty International activists put up a mock street sign outside the Saudi embassy in London to mark one month since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday condemned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in his first comments on the affair, but stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia.

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier", he said.

After at first denying the murder, Saudi officials eventually admitted he had been killed in the consulate, blaming a "rogue operation" and arresting 18 people.

Pelley added that he's not been in contact with any of his players, sponsors or tournament organizers regarding the event in Saudi Arabia, but earlier this week Padraig Harrington was asked if he had any concerns that the tour could become embroiled in the controversy.

He said that despite a longstanding relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Istanbul would not "turn a blind eye to the premeditated murder that unfolded in front of our very eyes". Turkey has demanded cooperation from Saudi officials. "This case can not be covered up, and we are expecting close cooperation from Saudi authorities on the investigation we are conducting transparently and meticulously", Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul told reporters on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic. "Turkey does not want to lose Saudi Arabia at the end of the day", Mahcupyan said.

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