Turkish officials were finally able to inspect the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday for the first time since the disappearance and likely death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Police found no conclusive evidence, but officials say they did not leave empty-handed.
According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, certain “toxic materials” were recovered from the consulate which are being looked into, along with some other evidence. He added that there was evidence the Saudis had recently repainted parts of the consulate, destroying some evidence.
Officials said that even with the repainting, there were parts of the evidence that “can’t be fully erased,” and that Turkish investigators are continuing to look into that. For the time being, there is no sign that the residence at the site is to be searched.
Since Khashoggi’s fate has been a major issue since his disappearance on October 2, it would be incredibly suspicious for the Saudis to have chosen to repaint within the first couple of weeks, especially since the Saudis have been seeking access to the consulate for awhile and that discovery would clearly be noticed.
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