(Reuters) – A Turkish pro-government television channel has
broadcast video showing men carrying suitcases purportedly
containing the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi into the
residence of his country’s consul general in Istanbul.
The footage broadcast by A Haber shows men carrying what it says
were a total of five cases through the main entrance of the
residence, a short distance from the consulate where Khashoggi, a
leading critic of Saudi policies, was killed in early October.
A Turkish official said the media report, also carried by the
pro-government Sabah newspaper on its website, appeared to be
accurate, without giving further details.
There was no immediate reply from Saudi authorities to a Reuters
request for comment on the footage.
Khashoggi was a royal insider who became a critic of Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman and began writing for the Washington
Post after moving to the United States last year.
Saudi officials have rejected accusations that the crown prince
ordered his death. The murder has sparked global outrage and
damaged the international reputation of 33-year-old prince, the
kingdom’s de facto leader.
Sabah said the cases had been brought to the residence in a
black minibus at 3:09 pm (1209 GMT).
After offering numerous contradictory explanations regarding the
fate of Khashoggi, Riyadh later said he had been killed and his
body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to
Saudi Arabia failed.
Khashoggi’s remains have not been found and Turkey has
repeatedly asked Saudi Arabia where they are. Last month, Turkish
police searched a remote villa in a coastal area southeast of
Istanbul as part of the investigation.
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor’s office said last month it is
seeking the death penalty for five individuals, and that 11 of 21
suspects have been indicted and will be referred to court in Saudi
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week Ankara
was working with other countries to take the investigation into
Khashoggi’s killing to the United Nations.
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