Jamal Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’ after murder, claims Turkish official

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a "dangerous Islamist" after his disappearance weeks ago, according to U.S. media reports.

The Saudis have given a shifting account of what happened to Khashoggi on October 2.

His body has not yet been found, but Turkey, the United States and Saudi Arabia have all agreed that he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Writing for The Washington Post, he became a prominent critic of the family, particularly bin Salman.

A Thursday report in The Washington Post said Netanyahu told Trump administration officials that bin Salman was a key strategic partner and a linchpin of the alliance against Iranian encroachment in the region.

That version has aroused considerable skepticism among Saudi watchers, considering bin Salman's vast control over what happens in the kingdom.

The body of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after his murder and dismemberment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an adviser to the Turkish president has said.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a unsafe person in any way possible". On Wednesday, Switzerland announced it was suspending arms exports to Saudi over Khashoggi's killing.

The Israeli PM had asked top United States officials recently not to abandon their support for bin Salman over the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey's Istanbul, according to multiple reports.

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But, as Saudi Arabia faces a torrent of global condemnation over the murder of the royal insider-turned-critic, the location of his body remains a mystery. "He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years", the statement said.

Turkey, for its part, said Khashoggi was strangled the moment he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the city's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday, adding that it was a premeditated murder.

"If those who persecute journalists get away with their crimes - and are allowed to continue with business as usual - it only invites more of the same", he said.

"We made a commitment of holding accountable all those responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", the USA chief diplomat noted in a separate WIBK radio interview.

"Officials cautioned that no decision has been made, and Trump has expressed little desire to significantly alter US-Saudi relations, but there is an interest in a full vetting of the potential options", the Post said. Turkey wants the suspects to be extradited.

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

"If the democracies of the world do not take genuine steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of this brazen, callous act - one that has caused universal outrage among their citizens - what moral authority are they left with?, " she asked.