Turkish official claims body of slain journalist was dissolved in acid


An unnamed official also told the Washington Post "biological evidence" in the consulate's garden suggested that because of acid "Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying".

According to the latest information, the reason why they broke up the body is to make it dissolve more easily. "We hope the United States reciprocates in kind", Prince Turki Al-Faisal said in an address to the National Council on US-Arab Relations, a non-profit advocacy organization.

USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said it may take "a handful more weeks" before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In the wake of Khashoggi's killing, several countries have been under pressure to suspend their ties to the Saudi government, including the United Kingdom and US.

Istanbul's prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday that the writer had been strangled.

What was said in the crown prince's alleged phone call?

Speaking to the Washington Post on Friday and he called for the "puppetmasters" to be unmasked.

Public statements share a different sentiment - the government had called Khashoggi's death a "terrible mistake" and a "terrible tragedy".

Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has positioned himself as a Saudi reformer, has denounced the murder as "repulsive" and strongly denied any involvement.

The journalist's family told the Post in response: "Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood".

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"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", the statement said.

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What has the investigation found so far?

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

The latest details of the case that has gained world-wide attention comes as two countries added to the growing global outcry over the killing. First came the insistence that the country had nothing to do with the disappearance of one of its high-profile critics. However, as worldwide pressure increased, Riyadh admitted that the killing was an error, carried out by rogue elements.

The Saudi government has said it will carry out a thorough and transparent investigation and that the suspects will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

We have to ensure stability [in Saudi Arabia].

They also investigated an abandoned auto belonging to the Saudi consulate in an underground vehicle park in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a 15-person team came from Riyadh for the premeditated hit. However, he also said he was unwilling to sacrifice lucrative arms deals with the country.

It also included former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Johnnie Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The U.S.is urging Saudi Arabia to locate Khashoggi's body and return it to his family as soon as possible.

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

In an editorial published in five worldwide newspapers, Ms Cengiz said Khashoogi had just bought a house and wished to start a family.

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