Turkish police believe that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate he visited four days ago. ‘The murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,’ a source in the Turkish police force told Reuters.
The report said Khashoggi never left the Saudi Consulate, adding that 15 Saudi’s, including officials, were present at the consulate same day. They had arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as the journalist, and left again the same day.
A senior Turkish police source told Middle East Eye that Khashoggi had been “brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces. Everything was videotaped to prove the mission had been accomplished and the tape was taken out of the country”.
The diplomatic bags of the 15 Saudis visiting could not be opened told MEE, but Turkish intelligence was sure that Khashoggi’s remains were not in them. They had to be elsewhere. By the same token the source added, “The consulate is surrounded by cameras, no evidence of Khashoggi leaving was recorded on them.”
On Saturday, the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s office said it had begun investigating the disappearance of the prominent journalist, who has been missing for four days. AK Party spokesman Ömer Çelik later said that Turkey would uncover the details about prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and his whereabouts.