Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid, Turkish adviser says

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

The adviser, Yasin Aktay, said that's why the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and US resident, was cut into pieces. "This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement", said Aktay, who was also close to the journalist.

The Turkish government, however, maintains that Khashoggi was assassinated by a hit squad sent from Saudi Arabia specifically for the task.

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

Saudi Arabia has changed its account of what happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi - a USA resident and contributor to The Washington Post - was killed in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, where he had gone to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to Hatice Cengiz, who was left waiting for him outside.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, said this week that Khashoggi was immediately strangled when he arrived at the consulate.

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.

Mr Pompeo said the U.S. had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and said "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

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




"We also noted that Saudi Arabia must extradite all 18 suspects to Turkey so that they can be held accountable for what they did", a senior Turkish official told CNN on Wednesday.

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".

"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".

Turkish officials appear to have dismissed a theory that Jamal Khashoggi's body was given to a mystery local collaborator in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the global community in the wake of the death. "Precisely for these reasons, we thought it was wise to accept the invitation we received from the Kingdom, issued more than two months ago, to come as evangelicals to engage in a dialogue".

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

What has his fiancée said?

She described the "anguish" she experienced since his "brutal, barbaric and ruthless" death.

She added, "It is now up to the global community to bring the perpetrators to justice". She termed the Trump administration "devoid of moral foundation".

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