Turkish official says Kashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved completely’

Evidence of chemicals used to dissolve the body have been found in the sewage system linked to the Saudi consul’s house, says official

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message (upper R) during a remembrance ceremony for her fiancee in Washington (AFP)

MEE staff

Thursday 8 November 2018 11:21 UTC

The dead body of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “dissolved completely” by chemicals following his murder at his country’s consulate in Istanbul last month, a source at the Turkish prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

According to the official, who spoke to Al Jazeera, Turkish investigators have found traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals within the samples submitted by the Saudi authorities, who have so far denied Turkish investigators access to the sewage system attached to the house of the Saudi consul Mohamed al-Otaibi.

The official added that the Saudi death squad tasked with killing Khashoggi dissolved the dismembered body at a room in the consul’s house.

Earlier this week, Turkey’s pro-government daily Sabah reported that Saudi Arabia sent an 11-member “cover-up team” to Istanbul on 11 October, nine days after Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork for his marriage to Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national.

Ahmed Abdulaziz Aljanubi, a chemist and member of the “cover-up team”, had been promoted to the rank of brigadier general days before the murder operation, according to tweets by the Saudi Forensics Directorate first revealed by analyst Iyad el-Baghdadi.

İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي✔@iyad_elbaghdadi
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Two days ago, Turkish sources revealed that Saudi Arabia dispatched a “clean up” team to Istanbul to cover up evidence of Jamal’s murder. One of the members of this team were named as “chemist” Ahmed Abdulaziz Al Janoubi. Here’s some #OSINT information about him.
İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي✔@iyad_elbaghdadi
On the 1st of October 2018 (one day before Jamal’s murder), the Saudi forensics directorate posted about an event celebrating recent promotions within the department of forensics. They tweeted a thread with names & photos: https://twitter.com/GDCE6/status/1046695997840248832 …
الادلة الجنائية@GDCE6
تحت رعاية سعادة مدير الإدارة العامة للأدلة الجنائية اللواء أحمد بن زايد عسيري أقيم حفل تكريم للمترقين حديثا بنادي ضباط فوى الأمن وسط حضور عدد من الزملاء وهم كلا من :
1.اللواء/ خالد بن عبدالله العتيبي
2.اللواء/ ناهض بن عقلا الكبيدان
3.العميد/ ناصر بن سليمان الهبدان
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The brutal killing of Khashoggi on 2 October has tarnished the image of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose possible role in the assassination has been under heavy scrutiny.

The Saudis’ story has changed repeatedly since that time, with the country’s public prosecutor saying last week that Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated.

However, the Saudi prosecutor has denied knowledge of the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains.

Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and then dismembered in the consulate, Turkish officials have told Middle East Eye, and a senior aide to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said that the journalist’s body had been dissolved in acid.

Turkish president Receb Tayyib Erdogan said in an opinion article for the Washington Post last week that he believed the order to kill Khashoggi “came from the highest levels of the Saudi government”.