Ankara: In a development in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder case, reports have it that the body of the journalist was “dissolved”, after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate on October 2. The body of the journalist was destroyed in acid, AFP reported. Also Read - Saudi Arabia Limits Expat Repatriation Plan | Know Details Here

“We now see that it wasn’t just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it,” AFP reported an adviser to Erdogan and official in Turkey’s ruling party as telling to the Hurriyet newspaper. According to the report, the body was dismembered so that it could be easily dissolved. Also Read - Saudi Arabia Rules Out Financial Curbs on Expats

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On Wednesday, Turkey confirmed that for the first time that the journalist was strangled, as part of the pre-planned murder, after he entered the consulate on October 2, following which he was subjected to disfigurement.

Reportedly, prosecutor further said that Khashoggi’s body ‘cut into pieces’ after the murder. Khashoggi — a fierce critic of Riyadh’s human rights violations and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies — disappeared after entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2 for the paperwork needed for his planned marriage.

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan said he was invited to Saudi Arabia as part of the probe. According to the statement, the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a supporter-turned-critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman, was “pre-planned and his body parts were disposed off after being dismembered”.

He was “choked immediately” after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his forthcoming marriage, it said. According to the report, Fidan asked Mojeb about the location of the journalist’s body and whether the Saudi investigation had reached any findings regarding plans to kill Khashoggi.