A Turkish official has said that the body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dissolved in acid either in the grounds of the Saudi consulate or near the residence of the Saudi Consul General in Istanbul, the Daily Hürriyet reported on Friday.
The official first revealed this information to the Washington Post, saying that the biological evidence discovered in the consulate garden supports the theory that Khashoggi’s body was disposed of close to where he was killed and dismembered.
“Khashoggi’s body was not in need of burying,” the official was quoted as saying.
The Daily Hürriyet pointed to the statement of the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s office – issued on 31 October – which said that his Saudi counterpart had refuted earlier reports pointing to a “local collaborator” who disposed of Khashoggi’s body.
“The Saudi prosecutor who visited Istanbul has deadlocked the case instead of shining a light on the murder,” Daily Hürriyet columnist Abdulkadir Selvi wrote on Friday.