Three weeks after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and never emerged, Turkish officials are reporting that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body and personal effects have finally been found. The circumstances once again support the idea that a Saudi kill-team that arrived at the consulate at the same time indeed killed and attempted to dispose of him.
Though Turkish investigators are so far not confirming or denying it, top Turkish official Dogu Perincek is reporting that Khashoggi’s body was found cut-up and disfigured, and dumped in the well in the garden belonging to the Saudi consul general.
This all supports the audio recording of Khashoggi’s murder, in which the then-consule general objected to the kill-team killing and cutting up Khashoggi in the consulate, saying he’d “get in trouble.” He’s been fired, and recalled to Saudi Arabia for an investigation.
Turkish state media are getting confirmation from state media, however, that Khashoggi’s possessions have been found in a car belonging to the Saudi consulate, which was discovered in an underground garage.
Inside the car, there were three suitcases found. These contained Khashoggi’s laptop computer, and clothing. This supports the story that Khashoggi, after being killed, was stripped of his clothing, which was put on a body double who left the consulate to try to cover up the fact that Khashoggi, himself, never did.