Report: Khashoggi's Body Likely Put in Oven

Al Jazeera Arabic alleges the process took 3 days
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2019 10:00 AM CST
In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, a video image of Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is played during an event to remember Khashoggi.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(Newser) – The Saudi consulate general's residence in Istanbul has long been a target of investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and rightly so, alleges a new documentary by Al Jazeera Arabic. It claims, by way of Turkish officials, that the journalist's body was likely burned in what Vice News calls a "specially made" outdoor tandoori oven at the consulate general's Istanbul home. The burning allegedly occurred over a three-day span, after which large amounts of meat were allegedly cooked in the oven as part of a cover-up. Among those Al Jazeera interviewed was a worker who said he built the oven based on the consul's specifications; among them, that it be able to handle temperatures in excess of 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, which syncs with the temperature needed to cremate a body.

New York Magazine notes Turkey’s state-run TV station reported something similar in February, alleging a police report described Khashoggi's remains as having been cremated. Khashoggi was on Monday a topic on Capitol Hill, which saw a closed-door briefing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his murder. The committee had used the Magnitsky Act to force the White House to establish who was responsible for Khashoggi's death. The act gave the administration 120 days to do so; it missed the Feb. 8 deadline, and the briefing it provided Monday left senators underwhelmed. Politico notes the briefing was given by members of the State and Treasury Departments; no one from the intelligence community was present, irking members. Lindsey Graham called the briefing "a complete waste of time." (Read more Jamal Khashoggi stories.)

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