The body parts of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found at the residence of Saudi Arabia consul general in Istanbul, according to Sky News. As per the reports of the UK-based broadcaster, Khashoggi’s body was “cut up” and face “disfigured” after the murder. His remains were found in the garden of the consul general’s home.
The 59-year-old dissident journalist associated with The Washington Post was killed after a brawl inside the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul. The leader of Turkey’s Rodina party, Dogu Perincek, had also made similar claims in an interview. He had claimed that Khashoggi’s body parts were discovered in a well in the garden of the Saudi official’s Istanbul residence.
A Turkish official had claimed that #Khashoggi was tortured inside the consul building and his fingers were cut off. His body parts were reportedly found in Saudi consul's residence. #KhashoggiMurder pic.twitter.com/kCCZ2ax22n— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) October 23, 2018
The shocking revelation came shortly after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia of plotting the murder of journalist Khashoggi days in advance.
“Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?” asked Erdogan. He also demanded Saudi to reveal more details about the incident and extradite 18 suspects.
Earlier, a Turkish official had claimed to have an audio recording that confirms that Khashoggi was tortured inside the consul building and his fingers were cut off. Several reports also claimed that his fingers were presented before the Saudi Crown Prince as “trophy” after the murder.
Khashoggi was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies. He was mysteriously disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate building. After denying initially, the Kingdom had accepted that he was killed inside its consulate in Turkey.