(MEE) — Jamal Khashoggi was dragged from the consul normal’s workplace contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul final Tuesday earlier than he was brutally murdered by two males who reduce up his physique, sources near the investigation have informed Center East Eye.
Turkish officers say they know when and the place within the constructing the veteran Saudi journalist was killed and are contemplating whether or not to dig up the consul-general’s backyard to see whether or not his stays are buried there.
Khashoggi has been lacking since final Tuesday when he entered the consulate to acquire paperwork so he might remarry, and has not been seen since.
Since Saturday, Turkish officers have maintained that he was assassinated contained in the constructing, however haven’t offered proof or spoken on the report. In the meantime, Saudi officers have mentioned the 59-year-old left the consulate quickly after he arrived and are involved about his whereabouts.
“I wish to affirm that… Jamal just isn’t on the consulate nor within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to seek for him,” the Saudi consul-general, Mohammad al-Otaibi, mentioned on Saturday after the consulate was opened to Reuters journalists. “We’re frightened about this case.”
However a Turkish supply with direct data of the investigation has given MEE an in depth account of what investigators say occurred within the consulate final Tuesday.
“We all know when Jamal was killed, through which room he was killed and the place the physique was taken to be dismembered. If the forensic staff are allowed in, they know precisely the place to go,” he mentioned.
Khashoggi first went to the consulate on 28 September and met with a Saudi diplomat in an try and get the papers he wanted.
The Saudi diplomat handed him on to a member of Saudi intelligence who mentioned the consulate could be unable to offer what he wanted that day, however he might return the next week, the supply mentioned.
Khashoggi left the constructing on Friday with the phone variety of the intelligence official.
On Tuesday morning, Khashoggi referred to as and requested if he ought to nonetheless come to the consulate and was informed that the papers had been prepared for him, the supply mentioned. His appointment was for 1pm.
Half an hour earlier than then, in the course of the lunch break held on the consulate, all native employees members left for his or her normal lunch break which lasts an hour. As they left, they had been informed to take the afternoon off as a result of a high-level diplomatic assembly was deliberate for the afternoon within the consulate, the supply mentioned.
As a time-stamped photograph first printed by the Washington Put up has proven, Khashoggi walked into the consulate lower than an hour later at 1.14pm.
He was greeted by an official, and led into the consul-general’s room. Shortly afterwards, two males entered the room and dragged Khashoggi out of the workplace and into one other room the place they killed him, the supply mentioned, with out elaborating how he was killed.
Khashoggi’s physique was then dragged into a 3rd room and dismembered, he mentioned.
A Saudi supply informed Reuters that British intelligence believed there had been an try and drug Khashoggi contained in the consulate that culminated in an overdose.
He mentioned the data got here from a British intelligence supply. Contacted by Reuters, British intelligence didn’t remark. Requested about this account, a Saudi official mentioned: “This dying just isn’t true.”
Digging up the backyard
There are round 22 automobiles that are registered to the consulate of which between three and 4 are of curiosity to the homicide inquiry.
One in all them left the consulate constructing at three:15pm and went a number of hundred metres to the close by consul normal’s dwelling, the supply mentioned.
MEE understands that the prosecutor normal is now contemplating whether or not to dig up the consul normal’s backyard to see whether or not Khashoggi’s stays are buried there.
A separate Turkish supply informed MEE that the consul normal has not left his home for the previous three days and has cancelled all of his appointments.
This supply additionally mentioned that the Turkish police wish to search the residence and likewise take all of the automobiles that are registered to the consulate to a safe location to look at them, however the Saudis haven’t allowed this.
The Saudis on Tuesday rescinded a proposal they made initially to permit Turkish forensic consultants onto the premises. Their provide was withdrawn after Turkish state-owned media printed a full checklist of the 15 Saudis who arrived in two personal jets on the identical day Khashoggi disappeared.
The supply who outlined the account of how Khashoggi was killed mentioned that police investigators had been assured they already had sufficient forensic proof from searches of the sewage community related to the constructing.
A second Turkish supply with data of the investigation informed MEE that the Turks had video and audio proof of the killing. Nevertheless, they haven’t revealed how they obtained this proof.
However specific consideration is being paid to the Apple watch that Khashoggi was sporting when he entered the constructing. That is synced electronically to the iPhone that he gave his fiance earlier than getting into the constructing.
MEE has sought remark from the Saudi embassies within the UK and US.
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