According to new claims that were made by an official of Turkey earlier today, the body of Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered writer from the United States of America, was dissolved in acid after being dismembered in the consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is located in Istanbul.
A top presidential adviser has disclosed that he believes that the said act was the “only logical conclusion” to the murder of the former critic of the Government of Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate of the Kingdom early last month.
The new allegations are the most recent to emerge after the admission of Saudi Arabia a fortnight ago that Khashoggi was murdered within the consulate, despite it denying the said allegations previously.
Yasin Aktay, the adviser of Recep Tayyp Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, informed a Turkish newspaper: “We now see that it wasn’t just cut up; [the Saudi suspects] got rid of the body by dissolving it.”
He continued: “According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it. They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left…Killing an innocent person is one crime, the treatment and extent of what was done to the body is another crime and dishonour.”
Such comments will possibly pile more pressure on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has already suffered a major backlash from various politicians and businesses in the wake of the death of Khashoggi, with some concerns that the inner team of Mohammed Bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, were directly connected to the death of the reporter.
No forensic evidence has been presented to give some proof that the body of the dissident journalist was really dissolved, and searches for his body in a forest near the consulate continue to be ongoing.