Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved' after murder: Erdogan advisor

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Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

Turkish officials appear to have dismissed a theory that Jamal Khashoggi's body was given to a mystery local collaborator in Istanbul. Riyadh initially denied involvement in the murder.

"We are calling the entire world to put the necessary pressure, global pressure, on the Saudi government to find his remains, to be able to bury him, even before finding those who are responsible, before this issue is covered up", Faith Oke, executive director of the Turkey-Arab Media Association, said Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it would be a "handful more weeks" before the United States had enough evidence to impose sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the U.S. he considered murdered writer Jamal Khashoggi to be a risky Islamist, media reports say.

Instead, it said, the Saudis on Wednesday invited the Turkish prosecutor and his delegation to Saudi Arabia jointly to question the suspects held there about what happened to Khashoggi's body and whether his death was premeditated. That was seven days after the dissident disappeared in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and long before the crown prince acknowledged that Saudi agents killed him.

Mr Khashoggi's family vehemently denied that he was in any way risky or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Saudi crown prince called Jamal Khashoggi a unsafe Islamist during a phone call with Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton days after the journalist disappeared last month at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, according to a report on Thursday.

"We don't know where the body is", he said. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years.

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

Turkey's chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on October 2 as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed.

Turkey has steered away from publicly blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing.

One Israeli official said, "Saudi Arabia is a very important state in the region, and Israel and other nations have a major interest in ensuring its continued stability".

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