Turkey: Saudi Investigators Covered Up Evidence of Journalist’s Slaying

Glen Norman
November 5, 2018

The latest reports about Khashoggi's death come on the same day Saudi Arabia is appearing before a United Nations human rights panel in Geneva.

He called on Saudi Arabia to make the investigation into Khashoggi's killing public, saying that it would fully vindicate Prince Salman who he described as a "true reformer".

"All of these need to be looked into", Oktay said.

A Turkish official said Monday that investigators now believe that Saudi Arabia sent a two-person "clean-up" team to Turkey nine days after Khashoggi's death, to remove evidence of his killing before Turkish police could search the consulate and the nearby residence of the Saudi consul-general.

On Saturday, the paper said Khashoggi's body - which still hasn't been found - was dismembered and removed from the Saudi Consulate in five suitcases.

"This will happen. Otherwise Saudi wouldn't have started an internal investigation", he said.

He told the hearing that King Salman had instructed the Saudi public prosecutor to "proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws and preparation to reaching all facts and bringing all the perpetrators to justice". Per Turkish media, that was just a cover: The Sabah newspaper reports the chemist and toxicologist were actually tasked with ridding the consulate of any crime-scene evidence prior to Turkish authorities being given the OK to search the place on October 15.

Dubbed the "Warren Buffett of Saudi Arabia", Al-Waleed was the most high-profile among 350 suspects ─ including business tycoons and ministers ─ who were detained during a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown in the Kingdom at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Meanwhile, two of Mr Khashoggi's sons appealed for his remains to be returned so that he may be buried in Saudi Arabia.

'All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina with the rest of his family, ' Salah Khashoggi said.

Riyadh has blamed Khashoggi's death on a "rogue operation", and said the crown prince had no knowledge of the killing.

Khashoggi, 59, an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city on October 2 to complete some paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

Bin Talal, is a nephew of King Salman and has been detained for nearly a year.

Diplomats urged Saudi Arabia Monday to take concrete steps to promote freedom of expression and protect human rights defenders and journalists.

The joint Turkish and Saudi probe into Khashoggi's fate has made little progress so far.

Saudi officials say they do not know the whereabouts of his body, but that it was dumped with the help of a local collaborator, whose identity they have yet to disclose.

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