Turkey’s Anadolu Agency has released gruesome never-before-seen footage related to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder. It is the second anniversary of his killing at the hands of a hit team believed sent by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
No less than 15 men were sent to kill one individual who ran afoul of MbS, which included a bone saw used to dismember his body after he entered the consulate to do paperwork related to his impending marriage, never to be seen again. Now for the first time police footage has been published of Turkish forensics investigators showing up to document what they found following the murder.
The police footage appears to show scattered clothing, as well as fluids on the walls – likely blood – revealed through crime scene UV blacklight.
It also shows a drainage pipe to a sewage area below, likely used to dispose of the remains; however, Khashoggi’s body was never found. A furnace is also featured in the new crime scene footage, suggesting the body or most of the remains were burned and then thrown down the large drain pipe.
Recall that the Turks released to the world a slow drip of damning information meant to put immense pressure on the Saudis over the killing, and which proved politically embarrassing in the weeks and months after the Oct. 2018 murder. It appears they are at it again now with this previously classified crime scene footage.
Oh my dear lord. Turkish news agency releases new footage from forensic team's investigation of the site of Jamal Khashoggi's murder and subsequent discarding of his remains. https://t.co/oT1OZ8C86m
— İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي (@iyad_elbaghdadi) October 2, 2020
On Friday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office called for the true killers who ordered and executed the hit to be punished.
“Jamal’s killers have since been exfiltrated. Harboured. Brought to a show trial. Allowed to walk free,” Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan’s communications director, said in a tweet.
“We all know Jamal’s killers. Let’s make them pay: Send the Saudi henchmen to Turkey. Let them appear in a public court with international observers. Cooperate with the criminal investigation in Turkey – the only investigation that was ever intended to shed light on what happened.”
We all know Jamal’s killers. Let’s make them pay:
Send the Saudi henchmen to Turkey.
Let them appear in a public court with international observers.
Cooperate with the criminal investigation in Turkey – the only investigation that was ever intended to shed light on what happened.
— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) October 2, 2020
Saudi Arabia announced early last month that eight of its citizens have been convicted by a Saudi court for the slaying, and were given 20 years each. A prior 2019 trial had sentenced five to execution, but was later overturned.
Since the killing Riyadh has issued multiple conflicting narratives – all of which appear crafted to shield MbS and the royal family from any ultimate blame.
Indeed the 35-year old crown prince appears to have gotten off scot-free, and is soon due to become king given his father’s continued ill health.