Turkish officials believe Khashoggi body may have been destroyed in acid: report

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Turkish officials are looking into the possibility that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body was destroyed in acid after he was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

A senior Turkish official told the newspaper that biological evidence found in a garden outside the consulate supports the idea that Khashoggi’s body was disposed of near the site of the killing. His body was “not in need of burying,” the official said.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on Oct. 2. Saudi officials have since admitted he was killed, though their explanation for the incident has changed over the last few weeks.

{mosads}The journalist’s body still has not been recovered.

Turkish prosecutor Irfan Fidan on Wednesday shared a description of what investigators believe happened to Khashoggi. The journalist is believed to have been strangled upon entering the consulate as part of a pre-meditated plan, and his body was dismembered.

Khashoggi’s death has sparked international outcry. He was a Virginia resident and columnist for the Post who spoke critically of Saudi leadership.

After first claiming that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, the Saudis acknowledged on Oct. 19 that he died inside the consulate. They claimed that Khashoggi was unintentionally killed during a physical altercation that resulted from an unapproved operation to return him to Saudi Arabia.

Lawmakers have balked at that assertion, saying the Saudi’s claims are not credible.

CIA Director Gina Haspel traveled to Turkey last week to review evidence in the case, and has briefed President Trump. The White House said Monday that Trump is weighing his response.



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