Ankara: The body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “dissolved” after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. The claim echoed what a Turkish official had told the Washington Post — for which Khashoggi was a contributor — that authorities are probing a theory the body was destroyed in acid.
“We now see it wasn’t just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it,” Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan and official in Turkey’s ruling party, told the Hurriyet newspaper on Friday. “According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it,” Aktay said. Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of international condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic. Turkey’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on October 2 as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed. “They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left. This is what is understood from the prosecutor’s statement, said Aktay, who was close to the journalist
. “Killing an innocent person is one crime, the treatment and extent of what was done to the body is another crime and dishonour.” The Turkish official quoted by the Washington Post said “biological evidence” found in the consulate’s garden indicated the body was likely disposed of near where Khashoggi was killed. “Khashoggi’s body was not in need of burying,” the official told the US newspaper requesting anonymity.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it may take “a handful more weeks” before Washington has enough evidence to sanction the individuals responsible. Prince: Journo was a dangerous Islamist Meanwhile in Riyadh, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described murdered journalist Khashoggi as a “dangerous Islamist” in a phone call with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser John Bolton,
The Washington Post said. In the call, which occurred before the Kingdom publicly acknowledged Khashoggi’s death, the Crown Prince urged Kushner and Bolton to preserve the US-Saudi alliance and said the journalist was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group long opposed by Bolton and other senior Trump officials, informed sources said on Thursday. Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s family called the characterisation of the murdered columnist as a “dangerous Islamist” as inaccurate.