Video cameras captured a team of cleaners bringing cleaning supplies into Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul at about the same time Saudi King Salman insisted, in a Monday morning phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, that his regime had no part in the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post correspondent Jamal Khashoggi, according to a Common Dreams report.
Reuters and Associated Press journalists observed the cleaning crew carrying buckets, mops, cases of trash bags, cleaning solution, bleach, and two cases of milk through the front door of the consulate shortly before Turkish investigators were to inspect the building for evidence in the Khashoggi disappearance.
Borzou Daragahi, an independent reporter, tweeted, “Cuz the way to preserve the integrity of a possible crime scene and bolster confidence in the investigation is to bring in a bunch of cleaners through the front door before the detectives arrive.”
Jamal Elshayyal, a reporter with Al Jazeera tweeted, You couldn’t make his up!!! Literally minutes after #Saudi authorities said Turkish investigators could enter the consulate – a cleaning team arrived and entered the building!!!!”
Turkish investigators arrived shortly after the cleaning crew entered the building, 13 days after Khashoggi entered the building to secure marriage documents.
Khashoggi never exited the consulate and Turkish officials have yet to officially state what they believe happened to him. The Turkish government has, however, allegedly informed U.S. officials about video and audio in their possession that suggests the journalist was tortured and murdered by a team of Saudis inside the building, according to the Washington Post.
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