Turkish investigators find new evidence on Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

A documentary aired on Sunday by Al Jazeera states that Khashoggi’s body was likely burned at the Saudi consulate general’s residence in Istanbul.

Additionally, as Turkish authorities monitored the burning of the outdoor furnace from outside the premises, they were able to trace Khashoggi’s blood on walls of the Saudi consul’s office.

Al Jazeera interviewed a worker who worked on the construction of the furnace, he claimed that it was built according to precise instructions from the Saudi consul.

For instance, specifications of the construction included making it deep and capable of withstanding temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius, which is hot enough to melt metal.

After their investigation, Turkish authorities said that large quantities of barbeque meat were grilled in the oven after the killing in order to cover up the cremation of the body.

Adding that, the burning of Khashoggi’s body took place over a period of three days.

Jamal Khashoggi was a critic of Saudi Arabia’s powerful Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

After his visit, Riyadh insisted Khashoggi left the consulate alive, then when the journalist was found to be nowhere, they changed their story and admitted khashoggi was killed in an operation that was undertaken by “rogue elements”.

A CIA report claimed it is most likely that Crown Prince MBS ordered Khashoggi’s killing, which is an allegation denied by Saudi Arabia.

After large international pressure, Saudi Arabia concluded the involvement of eleven suspects in Khashoggi’s murder, and convicted them while insisting that the kingdom will handle the case and refused their extradition to Turkey.

In late January, United Nation’s special rapporteur Agnes Callamard is leading an international inquiry into the murder which she referred to as “brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”.


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