Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dissolved after murder: Turkish official

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dissolved after murder: Turkish official

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dissolved after murder: Turkish official

The reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fuelled an global debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

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

"The reason they dismembered Khashoggi's body was to dissolve his remains more easily", Mr Aktay - advisor to Turkey's president - said in an interview with the Hurriyet Daily newspaper.

Yasin Aktay said the "only logical conclusion" was that those who killed the journalist in Istanbul destroyed the body "to leave no trace behind".

The affair has created Saudi Arabia's worst diplomatic crisis since 9/11 and sullied the reputation of powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom it is believed at a minimum must have been aware of the murder plan.

Saudi Arabia has denies the comments were made or that its royal family was involved in the killing, and says it is "determined to find out all the facts".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, separately called on their Saudi counterparts to identify the collaborator this week.

The renaming will take place at 1.14pm, the exact time that CCTV cameras recorded the journalist entering the consulate building in Istanbul and a mock "Khashoggi Street" sign which will be erected near the gates of the Saudi embassy.

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 USA prince Khalid bin Salman and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa.

"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.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a risky person in any way possible".

"We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes can not kill journalists ever again", she said. He entered the consulate to sort out documents for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

Speaking at a journalism awards ceremony Thursday, Fred Ryan, Publisher and CEO of the Washington Post which Khashoggi wrote for, urged the Trump administration to take a tougher line.

"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 Pompeo emphasized, as Trump has, that "not only do we have important commercial relationships, but important strategic relationships, national security relationships with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

Recent reports also speculate the journalist may have been assassinated for preparing a report about the planned use of chemical weapons by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

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