Khashoggi's Dismembered Remains Were Removed In Luggage, Turkish Defense Minister Alleges

The remains of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, may have been carried out of Turkey in suitcases, according to Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar during a Sunday appearance on CNN Türk.

"One probability is that they left the country three to four hours after committing the murder. They may have taken out Khashoggi's dismembered corpse inside luggage without facing problems due to their diplomatic immunity," said Akar at an international conference panel in Canada.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2; his death caused global outrage and pressure on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital, offered numerous contradictory explanations of the journalist's whereabouts – before revealing Khashoggi was killed after "negotiations" for his return to the country had failed.

Turkey has said that the killing was carried out by a team of 15 individuals, including a two-man "clean-up team." Officials have called for an investigation to determine whether or not Khashoggi's body was also dissolved in acid, according to a Reuters report.

Saudi public prosecutor Shalaan al-Shalaan said Thursday that Khashoggi's dismembered remains were removed from the consulate and handed off to an unidentified "local cooperator."

Shalaan also added on Thursday that the Saudi prosecutor has ordered the death penalty to five individuals involved in Khashoggi's death. Those individuals were not named; however, they have been "charged with ordering and committing the crime."

Eleven of the 21 suspects have been indicted and would be referred to court. Investigations of the remaining suspects are still ongoing.