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Claims Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved' as fiancee speaks out

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Gerardo Duncan | 02 November, 2018, 14:25

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

"Jamal Khashoggi's abduction and murder is extremely troubling".

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.

Also on Thursday, the United States said Saudi Arabia should return Khashoggi's remains to his family for burial "as soon as possible", US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters.

Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of the regime, was last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia's former intelligence minister, Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud, said on Wednesday that the outcry in the United States demonizing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing threatened to disrupt strategic ties between the two countries.

The call from Mohammed bin Salman took place before Saudi Arabia acknowledged that the writer was murdered and urged Kushner, President's Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser, and Bolton to maintain the alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported.

Saudi Arabia has denied the reports in the Washington Post and New York Times.

Prince Mohammed also reportedly urged the White House to preserve the US-Saudi alliance.

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

Some claimed the body was wrapped up in a rug to be transported from the scene, while others said the hit squad carried the dismembered corpse away in several bags.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, separately called on their Saudi counterparts to identify the collaborator this week.

He entered the consulate to sort out documents for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

"Despite our well-intentioned efforts to reveal the truth, no concrete results have come out of those meetings", the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said, adding that it was in this light that it had been "obliged" to share the details about how Khashoggi was strangled and his body "dismembered and destroyed", in accordance with plans made in advance. The Turks added that the Saudi prosecutor also said no statement had been made by Saudi authorities about the existence of the purported local cooperator.

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