Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, Sky News reports.
Parts of the writer’s body including his disfigured face have been found in the grounds of the Saudi consul general’s home in Istanbul, with separate reports saying the remains were found down a well at the property.
According to the Sky News report, parts of the writer’s body were discovered in the garden of the house, but it is not clear how much of his remains were found.
A separate report in Turkey claimed that the body parts were found in a well at the property. But in a speech earlier today, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested a corpse had not yet been discovered and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal its location.
If proved true, questions will be raised over why it has taken so long to discover any of Khashoggi’s remains.
Saudi Arabia’s consul general Mohammed al-Otaibi fled Istanbul last week before his home was searched by Turkish police. He was then placed under investigation and relieved of his position, the kingdom said in a statement. Earlier today, Erdogan said he had told King Salman that the consul was ‘incompetent’.
Earlier, the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Khashoggi’s ‘savage’ murder was planned by a Saudi hit squad who disabled CCTV at the Istanbul consulate before killing the writer and giving his body to a local fixer.
In response, Saudi King Salman said at a cabinet meeting this afternoon that those responsible for Khashoggi’s slaying would be held ‘accountable’.