TEHRAN (Basirat) : The body of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was likely burned in a large oven at the Saudi consulate general's residence in Istanbul, a new report revealed.
New details of the writer's murder by a Saudi assassination team were reported
in a documentary by Al Jazeera Arabic that aired on Sunday night.
Turkish authorities monitored the burning of the outdoor furnace as bags
believed to be carrying Khashoggi's body parts were transferred to the Saudi
consul's house after he was killed inside the consulate a few hundred meters
A worker who constructed the furnace said it was built according to
specifications from the Saudi consul. It had to be deep and withstand
temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius - hot enough to melt metal.
Bags of meat were also cooked in the oven after the killing in order to cover up
the cremation of the Saudi writer's body, authorities reported.
Turkish investigators also found traces of Khashoggi's blood on the walls of the
Saudi consul's office after removing paint that the assassination team applied
after killing the Washington Post columnist on October 2, 2018.
The documentary was based on interviews with security officials, politicians,
and some of Khashoggi's Turkish friends.
A critic of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS),
Khashoggi entered the consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork so he could
marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.
Riyadh initially insisted Khashoggi had left the consulate alive before changing
its account and admitting the journalist was killed in an operation it said was
undertaken by "rogue elements".
A CIA report said MBS likely ordered Khashoggi's killing - an allegation Saudi
Eleven suspects have been indicted for Khashoggi's murder in Saudi Arabia, which
has insisted it would handle the case and refused their extradition to Turkey.
United Nation's special rapporteur Agnes Callamard, who is leading an
international inquiry into the murder, called it "a brutal and premeditated
killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia".
The international investigation started in late January and an official report
is due in June.