Turkish officials, who have searched the Saudi consulate now, are revealing what happened to Jamal Khashoggi and why no one saw him leave the consulate after entering two weeks ago:
The body of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut into pieces after he died two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official tells CNN https://t.co/nu3h8POzZa pic.twitter.com/Wj4gMQKR6S
— CNN (@CNN) October 16, 2018
CNN – The body of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut into pieces after he was killed two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official told CNN on Tuesday.
The claim, which was first made to the New York Times earlier in the investigation into Khashoggi’s fate, comes after Turkish officials searched the consulate for nine hours on Monday night.
Turkish officials have said privately that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate on October 2 after he arrived to obtain papers that would have allowed him to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Saudi Arabia has previously insisted he left the building alive, but Cengiz says she never saw him again.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Tuesday said Turkish investigators were looking into “toxic” and “painted over material” as part of their inquiry.
CNN saw a cleaning crew enter the main consulate building on Monday before Turkish officials, including a forensics team, arrived to begin their investigation.
So they lied for two weeks that he left the building alive. Then we finally heard yesterday that he was killed after a ‘botched’ interrogation. And now we find out they cut his body up into little pieces?
Trump promised “severe punishment” for the Saudis if it was proven that they killed him. I’m not sure it’s proven yet, but it sounds like we’re getting closer.