Istanbul, Nov 2 : The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “dissolved” in acid after his murder and dismemberment at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
“We now see that it wasn’t just cut up; (the Saudi suspects) got rid of the body by dissolving it,” Erdogan’s adviser Yasin Aktay told the newspaper Hurriyet on Friday.
“According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it. They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left,” said Aktay, who was a friend of the dissident Saudi writer.
“Killing an innocent person is one crime, the treatment and extent of what was done to the body is another crime and dishonour.”
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a supporter-turned-critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, was killed inside the consulate after he went there on October 2 to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.
The remarks represented the first official statement from a Turkish authority about what allegedly happened to Khashoggi’s body.
The claim came as Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, called on world leaders to “bring the perpetrators to justice”, in an editorial for five newspapers, including the Guardian and the Washington Post.
Istanbul’s prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday that the writer was strangled. Turkish investigators had been trying to determine whether Khashoggi’s remains could have been dissolved in acid at the nearby consul general’s house.