Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’, says Erdogan adviser

Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’, says Erdogan adviser

Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’, says Erdogan adviser

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi came from "the highest levels of the Saudi government", blaming the kingdom's authorities directly for the first time since the journalist's murder a month ago.

Amnesty International activists will rename the street outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in central London as "Khashoggi Street" on Friday to mark a month since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate building in Turkey.

Ms Cengiz made an impassioned plea for answers in a "Post" column, noting that Istanbul's top prosecutor had already accused Saudi agents of strangling Mr Khashoggi and dismembering and destroying his body.

"The killing of Khashoggi has proven to be a golden opportunity for President Erdogan to pressure Saudi Arabia and work towards presenting Turkey as the new leader of the Muslim world", said Lina Khatib, director of Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Meanwhile, a Turkish official said he believes Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid or other chemicals after it was mutilated.

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

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it".

She also urged the United Kingdom government to re-evaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia and halt arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. "This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement". It would be out of the question for us to act any other way.

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 risky Islamist.

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"Yet the same time I say it, it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", Netanyahu said.

Khashoggi had entered the consulate to get some papers he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who waited for him outside for hours before she alerted Turkish authorities.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled Bin Talal, the brother of businessman Al-Waleed Bin Talal, was released on Friday and the pair allowed to meet after their meetings were previously banned.

"The killing of Khashoggi is inexplicable", said Erdogan.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is predicted to be in power for at least 50 more years, which has prompted the Trump administration to stand by the monarch. "His invitation of Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic".

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

But Sinan Ulgen, president of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy, said "it remains to be seen whether Ankara can continue to leverage this conjuncture and turn it into a permanent advantage raising Turkey's regional influence to the detriment of Saudi Arabia".

While Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations, they are both close allies of the United States in the region. She termed the Trump administration "devoid of moral foundation".

"We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes can not kill journalists ever again".

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