“You Couldn’t Make This Up”: A Bunch of Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Murder Probe

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(CD— What does it say concerning the credibility of an investigation when a cleansing crew totally geared up with containers of chemical substances, mops, trash luggage, and… milk arrives on the scene of the alleged crime proper earlier than the probe begins?

At across the similar time Saudi King Salman insisted in a Monday morning cellphone name with U.S. President Donald Trump that his regime had nothing to do with the disappearance and alleged homicide of Washington Submit journalist Jamal Khashoggi—a denial Trump dutifully echoed to reporters whereas suggesting that maybe “rogue killers” have been behind the ugly crime—video cameras captured a group of cleaners hauling a number of buckets of mops, two massive instances of trash luggage, Dixi cleansing answer, one other carton of what seems to be bleach, and two instances of Pinar milk by the entrance door of Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.

The cleansing crew was seen getting into the consulate shortly earlier than Turkish investigators have been set to reach to hold out an “inspection” searching for additional evidence of who was behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi royal household.

If the Saudis have been involved concerning the optics of a well-prepared cleansing crew arriving on the scene of an alleged homicide simply moments earlier than the beginning of an investigation that’s being carefully watched by the worldwide group, they didn’t present it—the crew walked within the entrance entrance of the consulate in full view of Reuters and Associated Press cameras and journalists.

Impartial reporter Borzou Daragahi joked in a tweet that “the way in which to protect the integrity of a doable crime scene and bolster confidence within the investigation is to herald a bunch of cleaners by the entrance door earlier than the detectives arrive.”

“You couldn’t make his up,” added Al Jazeera journalist Jamal Elshayyal, who posted images of the cleansing crew’s pronounced arrival on Twitter.

Shortly after the cleansing crew entered the Saudi consulate, a group of investigators arrived in an unmarked police automotive to start an inspection of the constructing a full 13 days after Khashoggi entered to acquire marriage paperwork and by no means reemerged.

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Whereas Turkish officers haven’t formally acknowledged what they imagine occurred to Khashoggi, they’ve reportedly told the U.S. that they’ve video and audio that implies the journalist was tortured and murdered by a group of Saudis.

Within the days following his disappearance, lawmakers from either side of the aisle have demanded solutions from the Saudis, a right away halt of U.S. arms gross sales to the repressive monarchy, and complete withdrawal of American assist for the dominion’s vicious assault on Yemen.

“I believe one of many sturdy issues that we will do is just not solely cease navy gross sales, not solely put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, however most significantly, get out of this horrible, horrible warfare in Yemen led by the Saudis,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN on Sunday.

The Saudi regime, for its half, has fervently denied accusations that it had something to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance and threatened to retaliate in opposition to nations that try to carry the dominion accountable.

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