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Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid'

LONDON-A month after the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, the Trump administration has chose to stand by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, having concluded that he is nearly certain to retain his grip on power despite a growing global consensus that he bears responsibility for the killing, officials familiar with the deliberations said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it would take a "handful more weeks" before the United States has enough evidence to impose any sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

While insisting the United States did not condone Khashoggi's killing, the top USA diplomat said the United States had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up; (the Saudi suspects) got rid of the body by dissolving it", Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Recep Tayyip Erdogan and an official in Turkey's ruling party, told the newspaper Hurriyet on Friday.

Meanwhile, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called Tuesday for an worldwide role in the investigation "free of any appearance of political considerations".

Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that he had boarded a plane back to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, having met with the Istanbul chief prosecutor twice.

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier".

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"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", the official told the USA newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl during an interview gone wrong, the Saudi regime has admitted he was killed by a "rogue operation" and arrested 18 people.

The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said that during those meetings, Turkey and Saudi Arabia had "agreed to investigate, search and uncover all details of the event from all angles and to bring those who carried out and planned it to. justice".

A stream of reports in Turkey's pro-government media -- often sourcing anonymous Turkish officials -- have laid out a number of theories about the murder and its aftermath.

A Saudi official acknowledged that phone calls between the prince and U.S. officials are likely, but denied the royal made such comments. He entered the consulate to sort out documents for his marriage.

"No matter how long I waited, the joyful Jamal did not return". She contended that the Trump administration has "taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation" because of fears of "upsetting deals or economic ties".

"Yet at the same time I say that it's very important for the stability of the world, for the region and of the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", Mr Netanyahu said.


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