Saudi’s version of events is ‘an insult to the intelligence of people’, says Turkey expert

Saudi’s version of events is ‘an insult to the intelligence of people’, says Turkey expert

Turkish forensics arrive at an underground car park after an abandoned car belonging to the Saudi consulate is found. Image: YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Economist’s Turkey Correspondent, Piotr Zalewski has said that Saudi Arabia’s explanation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was “an insult to the intelligence of people”.

Mr Zalewski told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “I’m not quite sure where we go from here because no one is quite sure where we are.

“It’s worth pointing out that some of the news reported earlier today is being called into question.

“I don’t recall the outlet that said Khashoggi’s body parts were found at the Saudi consulate, but these are now being denied by the Turkish police.

“It’s quite difficult to sift through the barrage of leaks to see which is true and what’s not.

“There’s enough visual evidence to see Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate, the Saudis have admitted he was killed.

“Their version of events have been considered an insult to the intelligence of people.”


His face was 'disfigured' 

This comes after body parts of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky News sources.

The sources told Sky News the journalist had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured”.

One source suggested that Mr Khashoggi’s remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi Consul General’s home.

The home is approximately 500 metres away from the consulate.


‘Flat out lying’

Mr Zalewski added: “The Saudi side has been not only denying, but flat out lying for the past two weeks, they said he left the consulate, clearly he did not.

“They said he was killed in a fist fight - that’s less than believable.”

Mr Zalewski added that Mr Khashoggi’s murder “has been met with outrage in Turkey”.

He said: “Turkey needs all the friends it can have in the Middle East, it’s been isolated over the last few years.

“Economic relationships are quite strong, there are Saudi investments in Turkey, but political relations have been rather strained.”

He added: “Mr Khashoggi’s murder has been met with outrage in Turkey, to do this, to murder a well-known journalist in the consulate is tantamount to doing it in plain sight.”