Jamal Khashoggi's Body Dissolved After Dismemberment, Turkish Official Says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo AFP

Turkish investigators have been trying to determine whether Khashoggi's remains could have been dissolved in acid at the nearby consul general's house. Claims that Khashoggi had died in a fight followed - and last week, a Saudi prosecutor said the killing was premeditated.

No forensic evidence has been provided to prove his body was dissolved.

"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left".

A top Turkish official, presidential adviser Yasin Aktay, has said he believes Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up.

"Despite our well-intentioned efforts to reveal the truth, no concrete results have come out of those meetings", the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said, adding that it was in this light that it had been "obliged" to share the details about how Khashoggi was strangled and his body "dismembered and destroyed", in accordance with plans made in advance.

But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved.

Khashoggi disappeared shortly after entering the consulate October 2 to obtain documents for his planned marriage, with Saudi officials giving shifting explanations for his death.

"Today I am inviting the worldwide community to take serious and practical steps to reveal the truth and to prosecute those involved in a court of law".

In a column for the Post Friday, Cengiz called her fiance's death "barbaric and ruthless".

"With this tragedy, the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation", she wrote.




The murder has strained the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ultra-conservative kingdom's de facto ruler.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that sanctions would soon be imposed on the individuals responsible.

Trump has called the affair "one of the worst cover-ups in history", but warned halting a Saudi arms deal would harm United States jobs.

Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic.

In Bulgaria on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Khashoggi's slaying a horrendous act that "should be duly dealt with" in a way that doesn't undermine Saudi Arabia's stability.

Saudi officials have for weeks pushed a theory, via anonymous leaks to the media, that Khashoggi's killers rolled the Saudi journalist's body in some kind of carpet or fabric and gave it to a Turkish coconspirator for removal from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects so they can be put on trial in Turkey.

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.

They also investigated an abandoned vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate in an underground auto park in Istanbul.

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