The terrible picture of chopping parts of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body has been released by Al Sura, an open platform for the journalists and social activists working in the Middle East.
According to the Al Sura, “The shocking images were leaked on November 16 by Turkish authorities working on the case against Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. The leaks are the first photographic reports that show the alleged dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi by an ‘A-Team’ from Saudi Arabia’s intelligence authority. The Turkish reports have not been independently verified.”
The Saudi team flew into Turkey after confirmations were made for Jamal Khashoggi’s appointment in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. A Saudi public prosecutor has stated “Khashoggi died after being drugged and then dismembered” as the trial on 5 members involved progress in the country. The body was then taken outside to be transported by another Saudi Arabian agent who disposed of the remains in an acid.
Initially, Saudi Arabia denied Khashoggi had been murdered, stating he left the consulate. Following an international outcry, the Saudi Arabian leadership promoted a narrative that Khashoggi was involved in a sporadic fist fight that led to his death.
Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of international condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic.
Turkey’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on October 2 as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed.
However, Saudi Arabia is currently investigating 21 individuals tied to the murder, many calling it an attempt to “break the killer’s knife”, with no punishments anticipated for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman.