Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Journalist Khashoggi's body parts transported in suitcases

Journalist Khashoggi's body parts transported in suitcases

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and officials from his ruling AK party have reiterated their belief in recent days that the "highest levels" of the Saudi establishment must have ordered the journalist's killing, as well as allegations that Saudi Arabia is incapable of carrying out an independent and unbiased criminal investigation.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reporting from Geneva said that the questioning that Saudi Arabia faces is stern, particularly because of the context of the recent murder Khashoggi.

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan said last week that the ill-fated journalist had been strangled upon his arrival in the consulate, and then his body was dismembered and destroyed.

"Earlier, our Prosecutor's Office stated that the body had been dismembered, and now there are reports that the body had been dissolved in acid", Oktay said in an interview with the Anadolu news agency, adding that all versions must be investigated.

Khashoggi, 59, a royal court insider-turned-critic, was killed after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to TurkishHatice Cengiz.

The murder of the Saudi royal-insider-turned-critic inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul has provoked widespread global outrage.

Saudi officials deny MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, had any role in the killing, however many analysts say it would have been impossible for him not to have been involved.

Speaking publicly for the first time since leaving Saudi Arabia, the two sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said they did not have any answers on their father's killing last month.

"All what we want right now is to bury him", Salah Khashoggi told CNN in Washington.

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Turkey has requested to be allowed to prosecute 18 suspects, including 15 alleged members of the team of killers, who are now detained in Saudi Arabia.

Mutreb was a direct aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, while Tubeigy was the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics and a colonel in the Saudi army.

They include 15 members of an alleged Saudi "hit squad" that was sent to Istanbul to kill the Washington Post columnist who had written critically of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

'I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon, ' he said.

The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN.

The kingdom maintains that Khashoggi's body was wrapped in a rug and disposed of by a "local collaborator" who has not been identified.

Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb met with Turkish authorities last week in Istanbul.

"Of course, the death of Jamal Khashoggi is beyond disturbing because the freedom and safety of the press is something that is incredibly important to me", he said.

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