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Khashoggi's body may have been burned: Turkish police source

Turkish forensic search for evidence at the Saudi Consul after Khashoggi's disappearance [AFP/Getty Images]

Date of publication: 15 February, 2019

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Turkish police believe that the body of Khashoggi may have been cut and burned after he was killed in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.
The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is believed to have been burned, said Turkey's official news station Anatolia on Thursday, citing a police report.

Turkish police have not found the remains of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically about the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite searching the kingdom's embassy and consul residence.

Khashoggi was killed inside his country's embassy in Istanbul last October. His murder has gripped the headlines and caused tension on the international stage.

Turkish police now believe that Khashoggi's body may have been cut and burned, reported Reuters.

The Saudi consulate contains two wells and a gas and wood floor furnace that could reach temperatures of over 1,000 degrees, destroying any DNA traces, the police report said.

The report also suggested Khadija Genghis, Khashoggi's fiance, may have been killed alongside Khashoggi if she had entered the Saudi consulate.

UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, reached preliminary findings that support the Turkish investigation, when she visited Turkey earlier this month.

The human rights investigator called the killing of the US based journalist a "brutal and premeditated killing" planned and perpetrated by Saudi officials.

In a conversation intercepted by American intelligence agencies, Prince Mohammad is heard telling a top aide that he would kill Khashoggi with "a bullet" if he didn't return to Saudi Arabia, willingly or by force.

The CIA believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to kill Khashoggi.

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