Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | 10:46 WIB

Turkish Media: ‘Cleaning Team‘ Sent to Destroy Evidence on Khashoggi’s Murder

Washington Post Journalist and Columnist, Jamal Khashoggi

ISTANBUL, NNC -- A Saudi team including chemists and toxicologists was sent to Istanbul, Turkey, to destroy evidence for nine days after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish media reported on November 5, 2018.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed inside his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 after he went there to get documents for his upcoming marriage.

According to the Sabah newspaper as reported by hurriyetdailynews, a team of 11 Saudis arrived in Istanbul on October 11, 2018, including chemist Abdulaziz Aljanobi and toxicologist Khaled Yahya Al Zahrani.

After denying for weeks, Saudi Arabia finally admitted on October 25, 2018 that the reporter had become a victim of premeditated murder in the Saudi consulate building in Turkey.

Saudi Arabia has also arrested 18 people, including all members of the 15 Saudi "killer squad" members sent to Istanbul before the killings, but questions about the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remain unanswered.

A Turkish official told the Washington Post on October 31, 2018 that the body of Khashoggi was acidically destroyed on the Saudi Consulate's land or at the nearest residence of the Saudi Consul General.