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Jamal Khashoggi's body cut into pieces, burnt in large oven for 3 days at Saudi envoy's home: Report

The Dissident Journalist Was Dismembered After His Murder October 2, 2018 In The Saudi Consulate In Istanbul.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Surabhi Pandey | Updated on: 06 Mar 2019, 08:50:24 PM
Jamal Khashoggi's body cut into pieces, burnt in large oven for 3 days at Saudi envoy's home: Report

New Delhi:

Jamal Khashoggi, the fierce journalist who openly voiced his opinion against powerful House of Saud, was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. New documentary by Al Jazeera says that his body was cut into pieces and burnt in a large oven inside the home of Saudi envoy. “Turkish authorities monitored the burning of the outdoor furnace from outside the premises as bags believed to be containing Khashoggi's body parts were transferred to the Saudi consul's home after he was killed inside the consulate a few hundred metres away,” the documentary said.

According to the documentary, the large furnace was constructed with specific instructions. Large amount of meat was barbecued in order to cover up the crime.

Meanwhile, Riyadh still maintains that it does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi's body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said. The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials "acting outside their scope of authority" and that 11 people have been charged with the crime.

But asked where Khashoggi's body is, he told CBS's "Face the Nation," "We don't know." Jubeir said the public prosecutor responsible for the case had sought evidence from Turkey but had received no response. Questioned why those in custody couldn't tell them where the body was, Jubeir responded: "We are still investigating."

"We have now a number of possibilities and we're asking them what they did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing, and I would expect that eventually we will find the truth," he said. Jubeir was interviewed Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The CIA has concluded the Saudi operation was likely directed by the powerful crown prince, but the White House has sidestepped that finding amid strenuous denials by Riyadh, a key US ally.

On Friday, The New York Times said the CIA had intercepted communications of the crown prince telling a top aide in 2017 that he would go after Khashoggi "with a bullet" if the journalist did not return to Saudi Arabia.

"I'm not going to comment on reports based on anonymous sources," Jubeir said. "The crown prince, we know, did not order this. This was not a government-sanctioned operation." 

(With agency inputs)

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First Published : 06 Mar 2019, 08:24:21 AM