Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved' after murder: Erdogan adviser

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He was a journalist who wrote for the Washington Post, a US -based outlet, and a fierce critic of a government that has become increasingly authoritarian in nature.

Yasin Aktay, who advises Erdogan and was a friend of Khashoggi's, told Hurriyet that the body was disposed of by dismembering and dissolving.

"Likewise, the refusal of the Saudi public prosecutor - who recently visited his counterpart in Istanbul - to cooperate with the (Turkish) investigation and answer even simple questions is very frustrating", he wrote.

The murder, initially covered up by Saudi officials, caused a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and its allies.

"As responsible members of the worldwide community, we must reveal the identities of the puppetmasters behind Khashoggi's killing", he wrote.

Similarly, Gul emphasised that competent Turkish authorities will continue to investigate the crime.

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", the official told the USA newspaper on the condition of anonymity.

The source said the body was handed over to a local "collaborator" after the killing, adding that it is not at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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The story was undercut by footage, which Erdogan confirmed, of a Saudi official acting as a body double for Khashoggi, wearing the journalist's clothes when leaving the consulate to pretend to be the dead man.

Saudi officials have offered varying explanations for how and why Khashoggi was killed on October 2. 3 of next year, while meeting with reporters Saturday morning at the Turkish Airlines Open.

The Nov. 2 date was chosen to remember two French journalists who were killed in Mali on this day in 2013 - two of the more than 1,000 journalists whom the United Nations says have died since 2006.

For Erdogan, promoting the Muslim Brotherhood - which Saudi Arabia has sought to marginalise in the Arab world and which was ousted from power and brutally repressed in Egypt in 2013 by current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi - is at the heart of this power struggle. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that he had boarded a plane back to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, having met with the Istanbul chief prosecutor twice.

The Turkish president added that the finding is among those uncovered by Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.

"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. "I've had very little, in fact, no dialogue with partners, with our own government, with the Saudi Arabian Golf Federation or anybody from Saudi Arabia".

"As responsible members of the worldwide community, we must reveal the identities of the puppetmasters behind Khashoggi's killing and discover those in whom Saudi officials - still trying to cover up the murder - have placed their trust". Eighteen people were arrested. Riyadh maintains that the assassination was a rogue operation, and has nothing to do with the royal family. United States officials have said such a mission - including 15 men sent from Riyadh - could not have been carried out without the authorization of bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler.