The Turkish police have “certain evidence” that the disappeared Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, an anonymous official told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The source did not provide further details on the evidence found during a search of the consulate, which began Monday and ended early Tuesday.
Khashoggi, a US resident who has written columns for The Washington Post and been critical of the Saudi government, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate to obtain divorce papers on October 2.
Earlier Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly suggested the Saudis might have tried to cover up a murder in their Istanbul consulate. A Turkish newspaper cited Erdogan saying investigators found surfaces newly painted over, which could indicate an attempt to conceal evidence.
Saudi officials have denied knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts and claimed he left the consulate shortly after he went in.
On Monday, however, CNN reported that the Saudi government was preparing a report that would acknowledge Khashoggi was killed but attribute his death to a botched interrogation.
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SOURCE: Business Insider, Alexandra Ma