Saudi crown prince told US Khashoggi was a risky Islamist

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

"Victim Jamal Khashoggi was strangled to death - with premeditation - soon after he entered the Istanbul Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on October 2, 2018 for wedding procedures", the Istanbul Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Wednesday.

A top Turkish official has said he believes Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up. "But now we see that they didn't just cut it up, they dissolved the body".

She has previously said she was "extremely disappointed" with the response of various countries' leadership to the killing, especially that of the US.

Erdogan said even though his country and Saudi Arabia enjoy friendly relations, Turkey will not "turn a blind eye to the premeditated murder that unfolded in front of our very eyes".

The Saudi Government initially insisted Khashoggi had left the consulate, later saying he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier", he said.

"I believe it would not be right to tackle another stage before answering Turkey's questions", said Gul on the possible visit of the Turkish Attorney-General to Saudi Arabia.

Turkey pressed Saudi authorities on Thursday to tell them the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body, which has not been recovered.

Saudi authorities have denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the garden, but allowed them to take water samples for analysis, according to local reports.

The New York Times, quoting two people familiar with the matter, reported Friday that White House officials knew from an October 9 phone call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he considered Khashoggi a unsafe Islamist, and therefore knew the Saudi prince had a potential motive for the killing.

Saudi Arabia has denies the comments were made or that its royal family was involved in the killing, and says it is "determined to find out all the facts".

Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, said this week that Khashoggi was immediately strangled when he arrived at the consulate.

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

Amnesty International activists will rename the street outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in central London as "Khashoggi Street" on Friday to mark a month since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate building in Turkey.

Instead of backing off Prince Mohammed, the U.S. hopes to capitalize on what it regards as new leverage with Saudi Arabia to end the brutal civil war in Yemen and ease a regional standoff with Qatar, according to multiple United States and diplomatic officials.

In a front-page story in today's paper, David D. Kirkpatrick and Ben Hubbard explain why the kingdom's de facto leader, 33-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, is in no immediate danger of losing power despite (almost certainly) ordering the murder a month ago of the dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

"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.

But Netanyahu added that Saudi Arabia needed to remain secure because it played an important role in regional and global stability.

"But the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation", she wrote Friday.

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