Ankara: The dead body of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dissolved in acid by his killers and poured down the drain, stated a Turkish newspaper on Saturday. According to pro-government daily Sabah, traces of acid was discovered from the samples of the drain located at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Thus investigators claim that the body of the Saudi journalist was disposed off as liquid through the drains, added the paper without revealing the sources.
The insider-turned-critic of the Riyadh regime was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on October 2. Khashoggi had gone to obtain the paperwork needed for his planned marriage with Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. According to earlier reports, Khashoggi’s body was cut into pieces after the murder. Reports claim that Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, had suggested last week that Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid by the murderers.
Learning this, Hatice Cengiz expressed her sorrow in a tweet.
I’m unable to express my sorrow to learn about dissolving your body Jamal! They killed you and chopped up your body, depriving me and your family of conducting your funeral prayer and burying you in Madinah as wished.
Are these killers and those behind it human beings?
Oh my God! pic.twitter.com/U5OKS5DkVb
— Hatice Cengiz / خديجة (@mercan_resifi) November 8, 2018
The investigation into the murder was carried out by a Saudi team comprising of chemical expert Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani, confirmed a Sabah report. The investigators visited the consulate in Istanbul every day from October 11 to October 17, stated the report.
After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia admitted that the murder was premeditated in a “rogue” operation. 18 suspects were arrested in the case and Turkey wanted them to be extradited. Five high-ranking officials, including bin Salman’s media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service, were dismissed after Saudi Arabia agreed that the journalist was assassinated at the consulate.
(With Agency inputs)