Reports say Turkish police are ending the search for the body of murdered journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. However, authorities maintain that criminal investigation into his murder will continue.
Information from a Middle-East based media has it on Friday that it has been discovered that traces of acid were found in Saudi consul general’s residence in Istanbul. This report lends credence to the suspicion that the body of the murdered Saudi journalist was carefully disposed of with the aid of chemicals.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post writer, who had been very critical of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed Salman, was murdered on October, 2. The murder was carried out by a team of Saudi officers and officials.
Turkish and Saudi officials have jointly undertaken some inspections of the consulate and the consul’s residence, however, President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said some Saudi officials were still bent on covering up the crime.
President Erdogan, who has been making repeated demands for more information from the authorities in Saudi Arabia, has also asked Saudi officials to identify the person or persons in Riyadh connected with sending the fifteen-member strong team that is suspected of the killing.
According to Jamal Elshayyal, a news reporter from Istanbul, Saudi officials, despite officially claiming that they would cooperate with their Turkish counterparts, so far have not only refused to do that but possibly tried to tamper with the ongoing investigation. As Elshayyal put it:
“They namely did this by sending chemical experts [in the consulate and consul-general’s home] to destroy evidence.”
According to him, also, they denied requests from Turkey ‘to once again search the consul-general’s home, after Turks found samples of chemicals in the garden of the residence.”