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

The Washington Post is reporting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tried to slander slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, falsely claiming the journalist was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood during a call with national security adviser John Bolton and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in the days after Khashoggi's disappearance.

And in an editorial for Khashoggi's former employer, The Washington Post, Erdogan accused authorities in Riyadh of refusing to answer key questions about the murder, despite their arrest of 18 suspects a fortnight ago.

Erdogan said he did not believe that King Salman had ordered the killing but he refrained from directly accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The New York Times, quoting two people familiar with the matter, reported Friday that White House officials knew from an October 9 phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he considered Khashoggi a risky Islamist, and therefore knew the Saudi prince had a potential motive for the killing.

Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the Saudi government, was killed inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul on October 2.

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 US prince Khalid bin Salman and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa.

After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl during an interview gone wrong, the Saudi regime admitted he was killed, blaming a "rogue operation".

US President Donald Trump has said Saudi authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever" but has also made more conciliatory remarks that highlight Riyadh's role as a US ally against Iran and Islamist militants, as well as a purchaser of US arms.

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.

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.

Erdogan vowed that Turkey would continue to probe the incident and urged Saudi Arabia to reveal the "puppet masters" behind the murder.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a unsafe person in any way possible". The Saudi attorney general has since acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.

Netanyahu said at a news conference that Iran is a bigger threat than Saudi Arabia and those who want to punish the Middle East kingdom need to bear that in mind.

"It is now up to the worldwide community to bring the perpetrators to justice".

Once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi fell out of favour with the government previous year and went into self-imposed exile.

"The killing of Khashoggi is inexplicable", he wrote.

As we witness the worldwide outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country.

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