Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’ after murder, Turkish official says

Marsha Scott
November 3, 2018

Meanwhile, reports quote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as telling the U.S. he considered murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be a unsafe Islamist.

"I would like to send this message to Mr Trump: I would like him to support Turkey's legal efforts in trying to bring light to the situation and to discover the whereabouts of his body", Cengiz said in a recorded message broadcast at a memorial for Khashoggi in Washington.

In her article, Cengiz noted that the one-month anniversary of Khashoggi's death fell on the UN's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. He said Turkey's close ties to Saudi Arabia did not mean that Turkey could turn a blind eye to the killing of the journalist.

The squad leader, Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, started cutting Khashoggi's body while he was alive. "This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement".

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building on October 2.

This certainly appears to be the goal of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the main regional supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates consider a terrorist group.

Turkey has steered away from publicly blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing.

US President Donald Trump 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. And later it admitted he had been killed in a premediated murder.

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The office of Turkey's chief public prosecutor on Wednesday said Khashoggi had been strangled and dismembered soon after entering the consulate and his body was disposed of.

Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the global community in the wake of the death.

Activists erected a mock street sign on Friday in central London, just outside the gates of Saudi Arabia's embassy in the United Kingdom capital.

"We are going to leave nothing uncovered", stated President Trump.

"Yet at the same time I say that it's very important for the stability of the world, for the region and of the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", Mr Netanyahu said.

Hours before the memorial, Cengiz wrote about Khashoggi in an opinion piece for The Washington Post, saying, "As we witness the global outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country". Earlier Turkish media reports said audio recordings captured Khashoggi being tortured before his death. "We have to resolve our issues by our own will".

During the call, Salman stressed the importance of maintaining a US-Saudi Alliance.

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

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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