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Posted On: 3 November 2018 01:19 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

Turkey claims order to kill Khashoggi came from Saudi, journo's body dissolved afterwards

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The body of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul a month ago, according to a Turkish official.

The claim echoed details a Turkish official had earlier given to the Washington Post for which Khashoggi was a contributor that authorities were investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.

"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 in a story published on Friday.

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

Moreover, Erdogan who wrote in an opinion piece published Friday (November 2) that the order to kill Khashoggi "came from the highest levels of the Saudi government."

Erdogan said there still are other significant questions, such as where his body is and the identity of the "local collaborator" to whom Saudi officials claim to have handed Khashoggi's remains.

"Over the course of the past month, Turkey has moved heaven and earth to shed light on all aspects of this case," Erdogan stated.

The Turkish president added that the finding is among those uncovered by Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.

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