Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey Says Khashoggi Strangled in Consulate as International Fallout Continues

Turkey Says Khashoggi Strangled in Consulate as International Fallout Continues

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.

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.

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.

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage, but was never seen again.

The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the worldwide community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

Erdogan wrote: "As responsible members of the worldwide community, we must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing and discover those in whom Saudi officials -still trying to cover up the murder - have placed their trust".

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

"We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", the Turkish president wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

"We are looking for answers to the question of where the body is", he said.

Istanbul demands Saudis reveal whereabouts of Khashoggi's body
Claims that Khashoggi had died in a fight followed - and last week, a Saudi prosecutor said the killing was premeditated. The reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi had been killed.

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

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building on October 2.

Saudi Arabia's consulate is pictured from a skyscraper in Istanbul's Levent district, Turkey.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee, has written in the Washington Post, calling on the worldwide community to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The kingdom has faced intensifying global pressure to be transparent about the death of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Turkey's state-run news agency says the Turkish military has shelled positions held by US -backed Kurdish fighters across the border east of the Euphrates River in Syria, killing four Kurdish fighters and wounding six others.

"Today I am inviting the global community to take serious and practical steps to reveal the truth and to prosecute those involved in a court of law. There is no explanation for this hate", she wrote.

She also slammed the United States, which shares economic interests with Saudi Arabia, on its inaction in condemning Saudi Arabia.

As we witness the worldwide outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country. "They have only emboldened it".

"At the consulate, I was left at the door alone".

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