Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed within 15 minutes and his dismembered body parts were packaged, Al Jazeera claimed on Friday.
“The investigators, who used audio recordings of Khashoggi’s alleged murder to guide their search, also confirmed that Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, an autopsy expert, began cutting up the 60-year-old’s body immediately after he was killed,” Al Jazeera reported, citing a Turkish official.
Recordings confirm that Khashoggi was attacked by several people after entering the consulate in Istanbul.
A prominent Saudi journalist and intellectual, Khashogi has remained unaccounted for since Oct. 2, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
On the same day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while Khashoggi was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.
Ever since he went missing, speculation has mounted that he was killed by the Saudi authorities, who have yet to provide a convincing explanation for his disappearance.
Meanwhile, several countries — including Turkey, the U.S. and the U.K. — have continued to press Riyadh for clarification.