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Turkey - which according to the Committee to Protect Journalists was the world's leading jailer of journalists in 2017 - has emerged as an unlikely advocate for truth over Khashoggi's killing, which it has used to pressure regional rival Saudi Arabia.

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it".

Hatice Cengiz called on the global community to bring the perpetrators of Khashoggi's murder to justice and to find his missing body.

Anonymous Saudi officials have pushed a theory that Jamal Khashoggi's body was rolled up in some kind of fabric and given to a Turkish coconspirator.

The Turkish public prosecutor's office reported on Wednesday that the body of the journalist was allegedly dismembered.

Khashoggi's family have denounced any suggestion the journalist participated in Brotherhood activities.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside the consulate as the journalist entered to obtain documents for their upcoming marriage, said what was done to his body was "brutal, barbaric and ruthless". But we will continue to push the Trump administration to help find justice for Jamal.

The Saudis have presented shifting stories about Khashoggi's fate, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were responsible for Khashoggi's death.

"It'll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence to actually put those sanctions in place, but I think we'll be able to get there", he said on Thursday, adding that President Donald Trump had vowed accountability for all involved in the "heinous crime".

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, neither provided the location of Khashoggi's body nor identified a Turkish conspirator when he visited Istanbul this week, a second senior Turkish official told The Post.

Saudi Arabia has attracted global opprobrium for its handling of the case.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country shares Riyadh's hostility to Iran, stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia as he condemned the murder.

Cars that travelled between the consulate and the consul general's residence on the day of Khashoggi's death spent about three hours in the garage under the property before moving on again.