Erdogan advisor Confirms Khashoggi's Body 'Dissolved' after Murder

Aaron Brown
November 5, 2018

According to the latest information, the reason why they broke up the body was to make it dissolve more easily.

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", the official told The Washington Post.

Aktay's statement comes after the first official acknowledgement from the Istanbul chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, on Wednesday that Khashoggi's body was "dismembered and destroyed" after his death at the hands of a team of Saudi officials who flew in from Riyadh to kill him.

The murder of the royal insider-turned-dissident has provoked widespread outrage and sharp criticism from Washington, usually the staunchest of allies.

Killing an innocent person is one crime, the treatment and extent of what was done to the body is another crime and dishonour.

His comments follow an admission by the Saudi government that its agents planned and carried out the murder of Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

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

Earlier on Friday, Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, said that his body was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered. The call reportedly took place before Saudi authorities admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate.

Khashoggi's family rejected the characterization in a statement to the newspaper.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote columns for the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect some documents, but he never reappeared.

The opinion piece was published less than 24-hours after one of his advisers said Saudi government operatives had "dissolved" Khashoggi's body after murdering and dismembering him. "Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government".

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Turkey complies with any "foreign interventions" on its major issues, the main opposition party leader said, suggesting that Ankara allowed the murderers of the Saudi journalist to leave Turkey after a phone call between Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Other lawmakers urged the United States not to forsake justice for Khashoggi, in the interest of preserving trade interests with Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis have presented shifting accounts around the death of the 59-year-old journalist, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to bin Salman's inner circle, were responsible.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee, has written in the Washington Post, calling on the worldwide community to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The delegation included Michael Little, former head of CBN; the current and former presidents of National Religious Broadcasters, Jerry Johnson and Wayne Pederson; and Larry Ross, founder of A. Larry Ross Communications. "There is no explanation for this hate".

Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi regime, was living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017.

Upon receiving a leadership award from the International Women's Media Foundation, Ryan said the slain journalist "told the truth about Saudi Arabia's continued repression of women". "They have only emboldened it".

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"At the consulate, I was left at the door alone".

"No matter how long I waited, the joyful Jamal did not return".

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