Saudi Investigators Removed Evidence of Khashoggi's Killing, Turkish Media Says

A Saudi team tasked with helping Turkish authorities investigate the killing worked instead to remove evidence, Sabah reports

A Saudi official waits in front of the door of the Saudi Arabian consulate on November 1, 2018 in Istanbul.
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A newspaper close to Turkey's government claims that a team from Saudi Arabia sent to help Turkish authorities investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence of the slaying.

Sabah newspaper, citing "trusted sources," said Monday that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after Khashoggi was killed included a chemical expert and a toxicology expert.

On Saturday, the paper said Khashoggi's body — which still hasn't been found — was dismembered and removed from the Saudi Consulate in five suitcases.

Khashoggi's sons have appealed for his remains to be returned so that he may be buried in Saudi Arabia. In an interview with CNN, the sons also said they hoped he did not suffer when he was killed.

Meanwhile Monday, a top Saudi human rights official reiterated his government's "regret and pain" over Khashoggi's death.

Speaking at a regular review of the kingdom's record by the UN's top human rights body, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban, the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, emphasized that the monarchy had ordered an investigation to "bring the perpetrators to justice in order to bear the fact to the public."

The killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month was likely to come up among representatives of more than 100 countries set to speak during the review of Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Other countries, including China, Mexico, Chad and Monaco, are also due to be reviewed in coming days by the 47-member UN-backed body.