More gruesome details reported on how Saudis disposed of Khashoggi’s body
Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who reportedly holds a position within the Saudi Interior Ministry, is a forensic expert
As the whereabouts of the body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi remains unclear, fresh media reports have suggested that autopsy expert Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy used injectors in the gruesome procedure.
Sabah newspaper reported on Nov. 23 that Tubaigy, who was in the hit team that killed Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, used injectors and scalpels that they brought to Turkey in their suitcases before dismembering the body.
“Khashoggi’s body was undressed. Tubaigy drew blood from his veins and let it flow into the bathroom sink. It was also Tubaigy who dismembered the body,” the report said.
“Tubaigy was trained in forensics at the University of Glasgow, and a short while ago he had introduced his own project at a seminar in Australia, which was about a mobile autopsy device,” the newspaper added.
Hürriyet correspondent Toygun Atilla reported last week that the Saudi hit team also used coagulants to stop the bleeding during the dismembering process.
Tubaigy studied pathology at the University of Glasgow in 2004. In the seven-minute audio recording revealing the moments of Khashoggi’s murder, he is reportedly heard leading the brutal dismembering of the body.
Tubaigy, who also holds a position within the Saudi Interior Ministry, was identified by an anonymous source as telling others in the squad to put headphones in while he set about cutting the victim into pieces.
“When I do this job, I listen to music,” he reportedly said during the dismembering.
After weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Riyadh finally admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate, but it keeps denying Turkey’s request to extract the water from the well in al-Otaibi’s residence in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia only allowed the Turkish police to check the well with cameras but did not let them bail the water out to inspect its interior in detail.