Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a risky Islamist

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a risky Islamist

They said in a statement: "Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood".

USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said it may take "a handful more weeks" before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But Pompeo emphasized, as Trump has, that "not only do we have important commercial relationships, but important strategic relationships, national security relationships with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered after he was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said Wednesday.

An unnamed official also told the Washington Post "biological evidence" in the consulate's garden suggested that because of acid "Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying".

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it", said Aktay, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was close to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi's friends and family say they want just a piece of his body so they can carry out his wish to be buried in the city of Medina, Islam's second holiest site.

Abdulhamit Gul said that Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor - who spent three days in Istanbul as part of joint Turkish-Saudi efforts to investigate the killing - had failed to answer Turkish investigators' questions about the location of the writer's remains as well as who ordered the killing.

The claims come as Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, called on world leaders to "bring the perpetrators to justice", in an editorial for five newspapers, including the Guardian and the Washington Post.

The affair has created Saudi Arabia's worst diplomatic crisis since 9/11 and sullied the reputation of powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom it is believed at a minimum must have been aware of the murder plan.

Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the classification of the brotherhood at the time, in its entirety, as a terror group "problematic".

Trump has called the affair "one of the worst cover-ups in history", but warned halting a Saudi arms deal would harm USA jobs. After initially denying Khashoggi had been killed, the Saudi government claimed he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate, five high-ranking officials were dismissed, including bin Salman's media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is predicted to be in power for at least 50 more years, which has prompted the Trump administration to stand by the monarch.

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