The body of slain reporter Jamal Khashoggi was cut up and dissolved in acid after he was killed at a Saudi consulate in Turkey a month ago, an adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. According to the latest information, the reason why they broke up the body is to make it dissolve more easily.
The kingdom has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the murder of Khashoggi, upending the young crown prince's image as a reformer on the global stage.
Turkish officials said earlier this week chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan failed to get answers about the location of Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing during three days of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation in Istanbul.
Erdogan's comments came shortly after one of his top lieutenants charged that Khashoggi's dismembered body was "dissolved" in the consulate as part of an effort to leave no trace of the killing.
The crown prince stated Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, prior to Saudi Arabia formally acknowledging it was responsible for the journalist's death.
"The murder of an innocent person is one crime", said Aktay, who was the first government official contacted by Khashoggi's fiance, Hatice Cengiz, after he went missing.
As Riyadh acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate on October 2, all officials had said about his body is that the assailants gave it to a "local collaborator" for disposal.
"We know that the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia", he wrote in the Washington Post, where Khashoggi had written a column.
Officials have repeatedly distanced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the event, though experts have said the "sensitive" plot would have been an order that " only the most senior" Saudi officials, like the Crown Prince, could approve of.More news: Oil prices fall amid concerns over USA sanctions on Iran looming
Hours before the memorial, Cengiz wrote about Khashoggi in an opinion piece for The Washington Post, saying, "As we witness the global outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country".
The latest details of the case that has gained world-wide attention comes as two countries added to the growing worldwide outcry over the killing.
The squad leader, Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, started cutting Khashoggi's body while he was alive.
After Saudi authorities admitted Riyadh operatives murdered him, Prince Mohammed lamented his killing as a "heinous crime".
"Contrary to claims made by the Saudi Crown Prince and others, Saudi Arabia hasn't been "reforming", it's been rounding up critics and activists in a brutal human rights crackdown", Allen added.
She called on governments around the world to take action to reveal the truth, accusing the United States of taking a position "devoid of moral foundation".
Germany and Switzerland have vowed to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the case is clarified.
After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a fight, Saudi Arabia has said he was murdered in what it described as a "rogue operation".