Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman termed slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a unsafe Islamist in a phone call with US President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton, it has emerged.
Khashoggi's fiancee wrote in an op-ed piece published Friday in The Washington Post the Trump administration's response to Khashoggi's death has been "devoid of moral foundation". According to the latest information, the reason why they broke up the body is to make it dissolve more easily.
"Over the course of the past month, Turkey has moved heaven and earth to shed light on all aspects of this case", Erdogan stated.
"We know that the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia".
His remains have not been located, and there has been no confirmation on, who ordered the killing. "Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government".
"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", said a senior Turkish official, who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity.
The kingdom has faced a torrent of global condemnation over the murder of Khashoggi, upending the young crown prince's image as a reformer on the worldwide stage.
While President Donald Trump has ruled out halting arms deal with Riyadh as a punishment, his administration has effectively withdrawn support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen in a stark illustration of the cooling of ties. His body has not been recovered.
Turkey's chief prosecutor confirmed for the first time this week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate, as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed.
A member of Sri Lankan web journalist association holds a placard during a protest condemning the murder of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the Saudi Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct 25, 2018.
The call reportedly took place before Saudi authorities admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate.
In an op-ed published on Friday in several news outlets including Le Monde and The Washington Post, Ms Cengiz urged the global community to "bring the perpetrators to justice", adding that "the United States should be leading the way". And in the Trump administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has more influence in a USA government than he ever has had before.
"It is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable", Netanyahu told reporters on Friday during a visit to Bulgaria.
The Saudis have presented shifting stories about Khashoggi's fate, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were responsible for Khashoggi's death.
A Saudi official denied on Wednesday that the crown prince made the allegations, saying that "routine calls do exist from time to time" between the young leader and top U.S. officials but that "no such commentary was conveyed".