Turkey: Saudi investigators worked to remove evidence

Thursday, 08 Nov, 2018

Canada's delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) made no mention of how agents of the Saudi government tortured and killed Khashoggi a little more than a month ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, then had a forensic doctor dismember his body, used a body double to deflect attention from his disappearance, and flew in a chemist and a toxicologist to destroy evidence.

Saudi King Salman embarked on an unprecedented domestic tour on Tuesday, an official said, as the country grapples with an worldwide crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

More than a week after Saudi agents killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia sent an expert team to clean up evidence of the crime, under the guise of helping with the investigation, a senior Turkish official said Monday - the latest twist in a case that has caused an global uproar.

Cavusoglu said Erdogan had spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman twice after the killing, and that he was sure the king would not give orders to kill someone.

"The fact that a clean-up team was dispatched from Saudi Arabia nine days after the murder suggests that Khashoggi's slaying was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials", added the official.

The official also confirmed the Sabah report which identified the two experts as Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Janobi and Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani.

Meanwhile, several dozen members of the Saudi elite are believed to still be imprisoned one year after Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, ordered widespread arrests of princes and business leaders.

The two men flew into Istanbul from Saudi Arabia to help with the Saudi investigation into the October 2 disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi-or so the story went. Turkish authorities said the team dismembered Khashoggi's body and disposed of it.

Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi said the past weeks had been very hard and full of uncertainty for the entire family, adding that without their father's body, they would be unable to grieve.

Sources have told Al Jazeera that Saudi Arabia is prepared to offer compensation to Jamal Khashoggi's family and fiancee. The sons also said they were seeking the return of their father's body, which has not been found, so Khashoggi can be buried in Saudi Arabia.

"I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon".

"As regards the passing of citizen Khashoggi, our country is committed to carrying out a fair investigation and all persons involved with that crime will be prosecuted in the justice system", Mr Aiban said at the end of the half-day session.

Son - whose company has heavily invested in real estate companies like WeWork, Katerra and Lemonade -condemned the attack, but said his company has a "responsibility" to continue to invest the Saudis' funds.

The report said they visited the consulate every day from their arrival on October 11 until October 17.