Jamal Khashoggi’s Body Parts Discovered in Saudi Consul General’s Garden
UPDATED 10:37 AM ET
Body parts belonging to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found in the garden of the Saudi consul general. Sources told Sky News that the body of the Washington Post journalist had been “cut up” and his facial features “disfigured”.
Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent and outspoken critic of the Saudi government, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi Arabian government has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The discovery of Khashoggi’s remains in the Saudi consul general’s garden appears to contradict the Saudi version of events, that Khashoggi got into a fistfight with several men inside the Saudi consulate.
The dismembered body instead supports the Turkish government’s narrative, that a 15-man Saudi hit squad carried out the premeditated and “savage murder” of the journalist inside the consulate.
Sky News reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling for all those involved in the murder to stand trial in Istanbul. In a statement to the Turkish parliament, he also stressed the importance of holding the Saudi leadership accountable.
“To blame such an incident on a handful of security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the international community”, Erdogan said, “as of now we expect of them to openly bring to light those responsible- from the highest ranked to the lowest- and bring them to justice”.
UPDATE: According to Ragıp Soylu, a Washington Correspondent for Daily Sabah, the Istanbul Police are denying the reports that Khashoggi’s body has been found inside of the Saudi Consul General’s residence.