Jamal Khashoggi body was dissolved in acid, says Turkish official

Jamal Khashoggi body was dissolved in acid, says Turkish official

Jamal Khashoggi body was dissolved in acid, says Turkish official

An unnamed official also told the Washington Post "biological evidence" in the consulate's garden suggested that because of acid "Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying".

The body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic.

No forensic evidence has been provided to support the claim the body has been dissolved.

"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left".

The claims come 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.

He was a Washington Post contributor living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, and had voiced some mild criticism of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS).

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".

However, Wednesday's statement was the first official declaration from the Turkish prosecution.

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.

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The phone call is reported to have taken place on 9 October, a week after Khashoggi disappeared.

The American right-wing Christian delegation, which included Mike Evans, founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, met with Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the USA prince Khalid bin Salman and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa.

Bin Salman has told President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to whom he is close, that low-level officials who had gone rogue had killed Khashoggi.

Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is seen during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, October 29, 2018.

"We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes can not kill journalists ever again", she said.

There is still no consensus on how Khashoggi died.

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside.

On Wednesday, Turkey's chief prosecutor had said that Khashoggi was strangled to death as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and that his body was then dismembered.

"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". Gruesome reports allege that he was murdered and his body dismembered by the team sent from Saudi Arabia to silence the Washington Post columnist for criticising MbS.

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