ISTANBUL:- Body parts of the slain dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were burned to ashes in an oven built to generate over 1000°C of heat inside the Saudi consul generals home in Istanbul, a new report says.
According to a documentary aired by Al Jazeera Arabic Sunday night, Turkish authorities monitored the burning of the outdoor furnace as bags believed to be carrying the body parts were transferred to the premises.
A worker who constructed the furnace told Al Jazeera that the gas-powered oven was built according to specifications from the Saudi consul, including that the furnace should be deep and withstand temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius – hot enough to melt metal.
Turkish authorities found that big chunks of meat were also cooked in the oven after the killing a few hundred meters away in order to cover up the cremation of the journalists body.
The documentary was based on interviews with some friends of Khashoggi, his fiance, Turkish friends close to the journalist, as well as with former political, media and security officials, the broadcaster said.
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor files warrants for arrest of two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi.
Turkish investigators also found traces of Khashoggi’s blood on the walls of the Saudi consul’s office after removing the paint that the assassination team had applied after killing the Washington Post columnist.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi crown prince and a US resident, disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documentation for his forthcoming marriage.
Saudi Arabia initially claimed that he had left the consulate alive, but weeks later it had to admit that Khashoggi had been killed inside the diplomatic mission by a group of rogue operatives.
Turkish authorities believe that a 15-person hit squad was sent from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul to kill the 61-year-old journo.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his adviser, who oversaw the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to a classified CIA report.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order to slay Khashoggi had been issued from the highest levels of the Saudi government, suggesting that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered such a gruesome crime.
The CIA is said to have also concluded that bin Salman had probably ordered the murder.
According to a highly-classified CIA assessment seen by The Wall Street Journal, the Saudi crown prince had sent at least 11 messages to his close aide Saud al-Qahtani in the hours surrounding the journalists killing.
A purported transcript of an audio recording of Khashoggis killing shared with CNN showed that his murder had been premeditated, unlike what Saudi officials initially claimed.
The transcript described the last painful moments of Khashoggis life, noting that his screams and gasps could be heard on the tape. It also identified the sounds of saw and cutting as the victim’s body was dismembered.
Saudi Arabia has been facing international condemnation over the brutal murder.