Erdogan adviser said Khashoggi's body was dismembered and dissolved

Larry Hoffman
November 5, 2018

"We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", he wrote in an article in the Washington Post.

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi is being remembered at a memorial service in Washington, D.C., on Friday, in an event that will include speeches from his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and others. Pompeo insisted the US doesn't "condone" Khashoggi's killing, but that the top priority is to make sure the US-Saudi relationship remains intact.

A Turkish prosecutor said on Wednesday that Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered soon after he walked into the Saudi consulate.

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier" before it was disposed of, Yasin Aktay told the newspaper.

Such comments are likely to pile further pressure on the Saudi Kingdom, which has suffered a major backlash from businesses and politicians in the wake of Khashoggi's death, with concerns that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman's inner team were directly linked to the Saudi reporter's death.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old heir to the most powerful throne in the Middle East, won global plaudits for his drive to remake the conservative petrostate while he amassed power to a degree unseen by previous rulers. "All that came was news of his death", Cengiz wrote in an op-ed widely published on Friday.

The renaming will take place at 1.14pm, the exact time that CCTV cameras recorded the journalist entering the consulate building in Istanbul and a mock "Khashoggi Street" sign which will be erected near the gates of the Saudi embassy.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a video message for the "International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists", marked annually on November 2, called the killing of journalists "outrageous".

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who who had written critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month to get a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

He warned that there would be "severe consequences" if any country attempted to commit a similar act in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country again.

He complained that no action had been taken against the Saudi consul general, who has left Turkey, and accused the Saudi public prosecutor of failing to co-operate with the investigation "and answer even simple questions".

The official said investigators do not believe Saudi Arabia's official story on what happened to the body.

"While much was made of women being allowed to drive, Jamal pointed out that many who had championed this cause - women and men - were arrested and still languish in Saudi prisons". That's not surprising given Trump's affinity for the Saudi government - his business ordeals are tied up in Riyadh, and the monarchy accepts billions of dollars in arms deals from the U.S.

"They should demand that the Saudi government immediately release all detained journalists and dissidents from prison".

Citing the New York Times, the Independent quoted White House officials as saying Prince Mohammed called officials close to President Donald Trump to smear Khashoggi as a unsafe Islamist.

But Khashoggi's family has denied the allegations that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egypt-based Islamist organisation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country shares Riyadh's hostility to Iran, condemned the murder but stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia.

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