News ID: 233724
Published: 0423 GMT November 02, 2018

Claims Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved' as fiancée speaks out

Claims Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved' as fiancée speaks out

The body of Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul a month ago, a Turkish official said Friday, as the journalist's fiancée criticized the US reaction as "devoid of moral foundation".

The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fueled an international debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia, AFP wrote.

Turkey's chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on October 2 as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it," Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey's ruling party, told the Hurriyet newspaper on Friday.

The claim echoed what a Turkish official had earlier told the Washington Post – for which Khashoggi was a contributor – that authorities are investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it," said Aktay, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was close to Khashoggi.

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


'Brutal, barbaric and ruthless'

The Turkish official quoted by the Washington Post said that "biological evidence" found in the consulate's garden indicated the body was likely disposed of near where Khashoggi was killed.

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.

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi's remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible.

Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside the consulate as the journalist entered to obtain documents for their upcoming marriage, said what was done to his body was "brutal, barbaric and ruthless".

"It is now up to the international community to bring the perpetrators to justice. Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way," Cengiz said in opinion article published in the Washington Post, The Guardian and other media outlets on Friday.

"The Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation," she wrote, adding that "there will be no cover-up".

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 ultra-conservative kingdom's de facto ruler.




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