Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

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

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

The order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post.

A political opponent of Erdogan's said Friday the killers who ambushed Khashoggi were allowed to leave the country after a phone call from Saudi King Salman to Erdogan.

Turkish officials said earlier this week chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan failed to get answers about the location of Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing during three days of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation in Istanbul. "We can't ignore this because we want to sell more weapons", said Ahmed Bedier of United Voices for America, a USA -based civil society group.

One Israeli official said, "Saudi Arabia is a very important state in the region, and Israel and other nations have a major interest in ensuring its continued stability".

Saudi Arabia admitted last week that Khashoggi was murdered in a premeditated act, but has denied involvement of the Saudi royal family.

During the call with President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser John Bolton, Prince Mohammed said Khashoggi had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist organisation, the Washington Post reported.

The group made a decision to meet with Salman despite the controversy surrounding him because, according to the statement, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the wealthiest, most powerful, and most important nations in the Middle East, in all of history".

Activists erected a mock street sign on Friday in central London, just outside the gates of Saudi Arabia's embassy in the United Kingdom capital.

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Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the global community in the wake of the death. Saudi Arabia since then announced a full investigation into the killing.

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", the official told the United States newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

Trump has called the affair "one of the worst cover-ups in history", but warned halting a Saudi arms deal would harm USA jobs.

The Saudi Government initially insisted Khashoggi had left the consulate, later saying he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

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

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". With this tragedy, the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation.

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

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