A Turkish pro-government television channel has broadcast video showing men carrying suitcases purportedly containing the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi into the residence of his country’s consul general in Istanbul.
In the CCTV men can be seen carrying black bags and suitcases into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dressed in normal clothes, the males bring in the luggage – allegedly containing the butchered journalist’s remains – one after another.
The residence is a short distance from the consulate where Mr Khashoggi, a leading critic of Saudi policies, was killed in early October.
Reports have claimed he was murdered and cut into pieces.
Last month, Turkey’s Foreign Minister said the 60-year-old was killed within seven minutes in a “premeditated” murder recorded on tape.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said he had listened to the “disgusting” clip – which captured a forensic expert’s ‘enjoyment’ as he cut up Mr Khashoggi.
He told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper: “It can be heard how the forensics expert instructs the others: they should listen to music while he cuts up the body. One notices how he enjoys it.”
The footage showing a number of bags being carried into the Saudi consul general’s residence – allegedly on the day of the murder two months ago – was broadcast by a Turkish pro-government TV channel.
The channel A Haber reported that a total of five cases were apparently taken through the main entrance of the residence by the men.
A Turkish official said the media report, also carried by the pro-government Sabah newspaper on its website, appeared to be accurate.
However, they did not give further details.
According to Sabah, the cases had been brought to the residence in a black minibus at 3:09 pm (12.09pm GMT).
There was no immediate reply from Saudi authorities to a Reuters request for comment on the footage.
Mr Khashoggi was a royal insider who became a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He began writing for the Washington Post after moving to the United States last year.
Saudi officials have rejected accusations that the crown prince ordered his death.
His murder has sparked global outrage and damaged the international reputation of the 33-year-old prince, the kingdom’s de facto leader.
After offering numerous contradictory explanations regarding the fate of Mr Khashoggi, Riyadh said he had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.
The journalist’s remains have not been found and Turkey has repeatedly asked Saudi Arabia where they are.