Claims Khashoggi's body 'dissolved' after Istanbul murder

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

Turkey's justice minister has meanwhile renewed a call for Saudi Arabia to cooperate in the investigation into the killing, saying "no one can escape responsibility".

Anonymous Saudi officials have pushed a theory that Jamal Khashoggi's body was rolled up in some kind of fabric and given to a Turkish coconspirator.

Leading conservative evangelicals met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday, as questions regarding Saudi Arabia's involvement in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continue to pop up.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it", Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey's ruling party, told the Hurriyet newspaper in a story published on Friday.

But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved.

"We knew Khashoggi's body was dismembered", Aktay added. "The treatment of the body is a separate crime".

The Saudi government first denied Mr Khashoggi had been killed, then said he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, separately called on their Saudi counterparts to identify the collaborator this week.

Istanbul's top prosecutor said this week that Khashoggi was strangled immediately after he entered the consulate on October 2 and that his body was dismembered before being disposed of.

Saudi Arabia has changed its statement on the events surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance multiple times.

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.

Saudi officials have acknowledged that Kashoggi was killed in the consulate on October 2, but say the assailants gave the remains to a third party. Turkey's state-run news agency says the Turkish military has shelled positions held by USA -backed Kurdish fighters across the border east of the Euphrates River in Syria, killing four Kurdish fighters and wounding six others.

The statement bolsters a report by The Washington Post on Wednesday that authorities believed Khashoggi's body may have been dismembered and immersed in acid ― either at the consulate or nearby, possibly in a well.

A group of USA evangelicals, including former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), held a rare meeting Thursday with Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at his palace. "There is no explanation for this hate", she wrote.

Cengiz praised Turkey's investigation efforts and called on the United States to lead the way to bring perpetrators to justice.

"At the same time, President Trump has made very clear not only do we have important commercial relationships, but important strategic relationships, national security relationships with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

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