Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved' after murder: Erdogan advisor

Larry Hoffman
November 2, 2018

LONDON-A month after the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump administration has chose to stand by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, having concluded that he is nearly certain to retain his grip on power despite a growing worldwide consensus that he bears responsibility for the killing, officials familiar with the deliberations said.

Crown Prince Mohammed told Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, and John Bolton, the president's national security advisor, that Mr Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Washington Post.

The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered after he was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said Wednesday.

"In accordance with plans made in advance, the victim Jamal Khashoggi, was choked to death immediately after entering the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October 2, 2018". Turkish authorities are reportedly also investigating the possibility that Khashoggi's body was destroyed with acid after it was dismembered.

Many Trump officials oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, the Post reported.

Besides providing "enormous opportunities" for American "wealth generation", the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains a "solid partner" in the U.S. effort to "change" Iran's behavior, Pompeo said. A critic of the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.

When he first disappeared, it said Khashoggi had walked out of the building alive. Ankara has repeatedly called for them to be extradited to Turkey for trial. Saudi public prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb offered a different explanation last week when he said the killing was premeditated.

Saudi Arabia has faced backlash over the death, including from its allies, who have called for answers.

Bin Salman, who in recent years has loosened strict social rules and arrested Saudi clerics deemed "extremists", said in April that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land.

Omer Chelik stressed that Turkey will not let anyone cover up Jamal Khashoggi's killing. "But in addition to that, we also recognize a long time, deep set of the strategic relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Turkey's president, Recept Tayyip Erdogan, said on Tuesday that the Saudis were protecting the person responsible for Khashoggi's murder, adding that Turkey would not abandon its investigation.

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