Turkish officials appear to have dismissed a bizarre theory that Jamal Khashoggi’s body was given to a mystery local collaborator in Istanbul.
Saudi officials have for weeks pushed a theory, via anonymous leaks to the media, that Khashoggi’s killers rolled the journalist’s body in some kind of carpet or fabric and gave it to a Turkish co-conspirator for removal.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Istanbul’s chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan, separately called on their Saudi counterparts to identify the collaborator this week. But so far the Saudis have not publicly mentioned or identified this person.
Turkish investigators now do not believe such a person exists at all, The Washington Post reportedon Wednesday, citing an unnamed senior Turkish official.
Saudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor, Saud Al Mojeb, neither provided the location of Khashoggi’s body nor identified this alleged conspirator when he visited Istanbul this week, a second senior Turkish official told The Post.