Turkish police in front of the residence of the consul general of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia sent two “cleaners” to Istanbul to erase the traces of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside his consulate.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has sent two “cleaners” to Istanbul to wipe out the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside his consulate, a Turkish official said on Monday.
Confirming reports in the pro-government daily Sabah, the official added that the two men, a chemist and a toxicologist, had gone to the consulate nine days after the journalist’s disappearance on 2 October.
Their mission was to “clean” the premises before Turkish investigators were allowed to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the consul’s residence.
The Sabah daily identified them as Ahmed Abdelaziz al-Jonabi and Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani and added that they were part of a team of 11 Saudis sent by Ryad to conduct inspections with the Turkish authorities.
“We believe that these two individuals came to Turkey for the sole purpose of concealing the evidence of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi before the Turkish police were allowed to search the premises,” the Turkish official confirmed.
They completed their mission until October 17 and left Turkey three days later, he added.
“The fact that a team of ‘cleaners’ was dispatched by Saudi Arabia nine days after the killing suggests that Khashoggi’s assassination was known to senior Saudi officials,” he said.
DISSOLVED WITH ACID
Jamal Khashoggi, a regular contributor to the Washington Post who did not spare his criticism of the Saudi government and his de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared on October 2 from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
After long denying his death, Saudi Arabia eventually admitted that the journalist had been killed inside the consulate. Prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb later evoked premeditated murder.
Five weeks after his death, Khashoggi’s body remains untraceable. His sons, Salah and Abdallah, asked to be able to recover him in order to bury him in Saudi Arabia.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay also reported on Monday that the journalist’s body was acid-etched.
“The question now is who gave the orders, and that’s what we’re looking for now,” he told the Anadolu news agency. “Another question is where is the body?” Articles say it has been dissolved in acid, so check this out.