Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

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

"We have raised the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and presented our point of view to the Saudi ambassador several times after it was known", Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement on Friday.

"It'll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence to actually put those sanctions in place, but I think we'll be able to get there", he said, adding that President Donald Trump had vowed accountability for all involved in the "heinous crime".

But on Wednesday Turkey said he was strangled immediately after entering the consulate and his body dismembered "in accordance with plans made in advance". "Killing an innocent person is one crime, the treatment and extent of what was done to the body is another crime and dishonour".

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, neither provided the location of Khashoggi's body nor identified a Turkish conspirator when he visited Istanbul this week, a second senior Turkish official told The Post.

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

Saudi authorities have denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the consulate's garden, but did allow them to take water samples for analysis, according to local media reports.

But analysts say the relationship between Saudi Arabia - which has at times tolerated and abetted the loosely defined political movement - and the group is more nuanced. According to Aktay, the journalist's body was cut into pieces as the Saudi agents did not want to leave any trace.

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

Finally, on October 25, Saudi Arabia said the murder was "premeditated" based on information supplied by Turkey.

The American right-wing Christian delegation, which included Mike Evans, founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, met with Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the US prince Khalid bin Salman and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee, has written in the Washington Post, calling on the worldwide community to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"If the democracies of the world do not take genuine steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of this brazen, callous act - one that has caused universal outrage among their citizens - what moral authority are they left with?, " she asked.

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

"We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes can not kill journalists ever again", she said. "Now everyone, together, must help finish it and carry the torch of Jamal's soul until his dream is realized." she writes as she ends her heartfelt note.

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