Netanyahu said to urge Washington to stick by Saudi crown prince

Charlene Craig
November 3, 2018

A Turkish official says he believes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid or other chemicals after it was mutilated at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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 kingdom's de facto ruler.

Writing that the murder had involved a "lot more than a group of security officials", President Erdogan called for "the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing" to be exposed.

On Wednesday, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Khashoggi's death was a "crime" and "odious".

There have also been reports - citing an unnamed Saudi official - that the team handed the body over to a local Turkish collaborator, who then disposed of it.

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What happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been the subject of denials, official leaks, presidential speeches, changing Saudi narrative and global outrage.

A Saudi official has denied that the Crown Prince made the allegations, saying that "routine calls do exist from time to time" between the young leader and top USA officials but that "no such commentary was conveyed".

"Their aim was to leave no trace of the body", Yasin Aktay, an adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told the Hurriyet newspaper on Friday, citing the latest information available from the Turkish prosecutor's office.

Abdulhamit Gul said that Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor - who spent three days in Istanbul as part of joint Turkish-Saudi efforts to investigate the killing - had failed to answer Turkish investigators' questions about the location of the writer's remains as well as who ordered the killing.

She also slammed the United States, which shares economic interests with Saudi Arabia, on its inaction in condemning Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi, who had arrived at the consulate to obtain papers to facilitate his marriage with Turkish girlfriend Hatice, was in the Consul General's room when he was grabbed by the squad. In their first version, they claimed Khashoggi was killed in a fight that was randomly triggered during a peaceful meeting, but their new story points to Turkish intel that shows the incident was planned by Saudi officials.

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"We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", Erdogan said.

In a column for the Post Friday, Cengiz called her fiance's death "barbaric and ruthless".

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

"But the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation", she wrote Friday.

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