Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

The meeting comes one month after the death of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, for which Saudi Arabia has acknowledged responsibility after first denying knowledge of the journalist's disappearance, then deflecting blame onto rogue intelligence agents.

Khashoggi - a USA resident and contributor to The Washington Post - was killed in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, where he had gone to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to Hatice Cengiz, who was left waiting for him outside.

But, the statement said, the Saudis had not answered three questions the Turkish side posed - namely, where Khashoggi's body is; whether Saudi investigators had uncovered evidence about the planning of his killing; and the identity of the reported "local collaborator".

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", said the official.

The Saudi crown prince called Jamal Khashoggi a unsafe Islamist during a phone call with Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton days after the journalist disappeared last month at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, according to a report on Thursday.

The Saudi Crown Prince described journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a risky Islamist days after his disappearance in a phone call with Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reported Thursday. This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement, said Aktay, as per AFP.

"Their aim was to leave no trace of the body", Yasin Aktay, an adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told the Hurriyet newspaper on Friday, citing the latest information available from the Turkish prosecutor's office.

A Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday Khashoggi was strangled immediately after he arrived at the consulate.

A vehicle with a diplomatic registration plate leaves the site of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 31, 2018.

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.

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", the official told the USA newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

Recalling that more than 70 years of US-Saudi ties survived previous crises, Prince Turki said: "Nowadays, this relationship is once again threatened".

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

In Bulgaria on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Khashoggi's slaying a horrendous act that "should be duly dealt with" in a way that doesn't undermine Saudi Arabia's stability.

She called on governments around the world to take action to reveal the truth, accusing the United States of taking a position "devoid of moral foundation".

In a column for the Post Friday, Cengiz called her fiance's death "barbaric and ruthless".

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