Shortly after Turkish President Erdogan demanded that Saudi Arabia disclose the where the body of (allegedly) murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s had been dumped, body parts thought to be from the dismembered body of Khashoggi have been found, according to Turkish and Greek sources, though the exact location wasn’t revealed. According to anonymous sources, including one cited by Sky News, the writer had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured.”
One report claimed Khashoggi’s remains had been discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s home. “Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?” Erdogan asked during his speech at Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday. He added that the Saudi nationals arrested by Turkish police and security forces in connection with the killing should stand trial in Istanbul.
The circumstances surrounding the discovery of Khashoggi’s body parts make nonsense of Saudi Arabia’s explanation for his death. According to the Saudis, Khashoggi’s body was handed off to a local fixer being wrapped in a rug after he was killed by ‘rogue elements’ trying to discredit the Saudi Government. Though Erdogan didn’t mention Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (a fanatical Islamist known as Mad Mo, who has been the director of the Saudi genocidal war on Yemen,) in his speech, the kingdom and the prince have denied his involvement.