Dissolved In Acid? Authorities Pursuing Grisly Theory Journalist Was Dismembered, Dissolved in Acid
A senior Turkish official told the Washington Post Wednesday that authorities are pursuing a theory that slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dismembered and destroyed in acid.
The official said that biological evidence discovered at the garden of the Saudi consulate corroborates the theory that Khashoggi’s body was “disposed of close to where he was killed and dismembered.” The nearby residence of the Saudi consul general is another location where officials theorize the body could have been destroyed.
Turkish prosecutor Irfan Fidan believes Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated and said he was “strangled as soon as he entered the consulate.” The body was “subsequently destroyed by being dismembered, once again confirming the planning of the murder.”
The Post notes:
“Saudi Arabia has provided shifting explanations about what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and critic of the Saudi leadership, including the de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. For more than two weeks, Saudi authorities repeatedly denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts, then abruptly changed their account, blaming the killing on agents acting outside the Saudi government’s authority.”
The Washington Post is also reporting that during a phone call, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told White House adviser Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton that Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist just days after his appearance.
The call occurred before the Saudi kingdom acknowledged killing Khashoggi and the prince claimed the journalist was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and urged Kushner and Bolton to “preserve the U.S.-Saudi alliance.”