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Traces of acid, chemicals found at Saudi consul general’s home

botchway November 9, 2018


Sources at Turkish attorney general’s office told Al Jazeera samples of acid were found at Saudi envoy’s Istanbul home.

Saudi authorities used acid and other chemicals to dispose of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body, a source at the Turkish attorney general’s office has told Al Jazeera.

The source said traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals were found in a well at Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi’s home in Istanbul.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Istanbul, said on Thursday that Turkish investigators were able to take samples from the well when they were first granted access last month.

“We know that on the night of October 16 to 17, when the Turkish investigators were working inside the residence and wanted to gain full access to the garden and the well shaft, they were not given permission […] but were able to briefly take some samples from it with rods from the top of it,” he said.

“Those samples have been processed and they include proof that there had been hydrofluoric and other chemicals.”

Simmons said the other samples taken from the sewerage and drainage system around the diplomatic district also showed the use of acid.

Source: Aljazeera.com

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