Did Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Order the Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

Jamal Khashoggi's disfigured face and cut up body has been found in the grounds of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Daily Mail has claimed today .

His body parts were found in the garden of the embassy, Sky News has reported, hours after the Turkish president had said no body has yet been discovered. 

Earlier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Khashoggi's 'savage' murder was planned by a Saudi hit squad who disabled CCTV at the Istanbul consulate before killing the writer and giving his body to a local fixer.

In an explosive speech, Erdogan said there were strong signs a Saudi team plotted to kill the dissident journalist days before his death on October 2.

The 64-year-old described it as a 'political murder' but stopped short of directly blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, instead demanding to know 'who gave the orders' for the operation.

Officials including 'intelligence, security and forensic personnel' were seen entering the building where Khashoggi disappeared, Erdogan said, while some were seen exploring a nearby forest beforehand.

The revelation will fuel speculation the team was scouting an area where they could potentially ditch a body.

Erdogan called for 18 people arrested in Saudi Arabia to be tried in Istanbul, but said blaming some intelligence members for the killing will not satisfy Turkey 'or the international community'.

Speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, he also questioned why a corpse had yet to be found and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal the identity of a 'local cooperator' who purportedly took the body.

The majority of his claims have already been leaked, but for Erdogan to make the revelations in a speech to parliament raises the stakes in the region.

The murder of the Washington Post contributor Khashoggi has damaged the international reputation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has spearheaded what has been presented as a reform drive in the kingdom.

Read also: Saudi Arabia Boosting Extremism In Europe

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