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Khashoggi’s body possibly burnt in oven at Saudi consul-general’s residency

Turkish police have discovered a tandoori oven at the Saudi consul-general’s residency in Istanbul, suggesting that the body of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been burnt.

A police statement said Turkish police had found two wells and an oven inside the residency.

“According to experts, the oven can heat up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, destroying any biological tissue and leaving no possibility to detect any DNA traces,” it said.

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi diplomatic mission in the Istanbul in October but never came out.

The prominent journalist had told his fiancée Hatice Cengiz waiting outside the building to call a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in case he did not emerge from the premises.

After weeks of denials of any involvement, the Riyadh regime eventually acknowledged the “premeditated” murder, yet many questions including the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body went unanswered.

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