Saudi Arabia branded MURDERED Khashoggi a ‘DANGEROUS Islamist’ in phone call

Saudi Arabia branded MURDERED Khashoggi a ‘DANGEROUS Islamist’ in phone call

The Washington Post also cited officials in Wednesday's report as saying Khashoggi's remains were dissolved in acid, yet another claim that contradicts the Saudi account, which has shifted over time.

After talks with Mojeb earlier this week, Fidan also said the killing was premeditated, with Khashoggi being suffocated immediately after entering the consulate and his body dismembered. Riyadh initially denied involvement in the murder.

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.

Saudi officials have for weeks pushed a theory, via anonymous leaks to the media, that Khashoggi's killers rolled the Saudi journalist's body in some kind of carpet or fabric and gave it to a Turkish coconspirator for removal from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, King Salman's brother and a critic of his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has traveled back to Saudi Arabia, a source familiar with the prince's movement told CNN on Thursday.

The murder has placed strain on the decades-old alliance between the USA and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ultra-conservative kingdom's de facto ruler.

The Saudis have given a shifting account of what happened to Khashoggi on October 2.

More news: Pence's Message To Oprah: 'I'm Kind Of A Big Deal Too'

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote columns for the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect some documents, but he never reappeared.

Prince Turki reiterated that the Kingdom is committed to bringing to justice those responsible for Khashoggi's murder "and whoever else failed to uphold the law".

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

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years", the statement said. "The president said we will demand accountability for those who were involved in the commission of this heinous crime".

"We don't know where the body is", he said.

"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.

Related Articles