Jamal Khashoggi was risky Islamist: Saudi Crown Prince Salman

Jamal Khashoggi was risky Islamist: Saudi Crown Prince Salman

Jamal Khashoggi was risky Islamist: Saudi Crown Prince Salman

The claim echoed what a Turkish official had earlier told the Washington Post - for which Khashoggi was a contributor - that authorities are investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.

Saudi agents killed Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the country's consulate in Istanbul for a routine paperwork errand.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed on October 2nd inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it", Yasin Aktay told the Hurriyet newspaper, according to the Agence France Presse.

"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left", said Aktay, who was a friend of the dissident Saudi writer.

A group of USA evangelicals, including former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), held a rare meeting Thursday with Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at his palace.

The Washington Post also cited officials in Wednesday's report as saying Khashoggi's remains were dissolved in acid, yet another claim that contradicts the Saudi account, which has shifted over time.

Saudi Arabia has denies the comments were made or that its royal family was involved in the killing, and says it is "determined to find out all the facts".

The crown prince, who has denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, reportedly described the journalist as a risky Islamist shortly after he vanished in a phone call with White House adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton.


The journalist's body has still not been found, a month after his disappearance on 2 October, when he entered the consulate to obtain marriage papers, while his fiance, Hatice Cengiz waited outside.

The kingdom sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well three intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects.

"We have raised the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and presented our point of view to the Saudi ambassador several times after it was known", Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement on Friday.

"We're under no illusions about the challenges that are in Saudi Arabia and that remain", Rosenberg said.

There is still no consensus on how Khashoggi died.

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.

Speaking at a journalism awards ceremony Thursday, Fred Ryan, Publisher and CEO of the Washington Post which Khashoggi wrote for, urged the Trump administration to take a tougher line.

Earlier, the United States called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.

"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.

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