Cleaners With Mops Sent To Saudi Embassy Prior To Start Of Murder Investigation

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Just before Turkish authorities arrived to inspect the Saudi consulate, a cleaning crew went in with mops and cleaners.

Right around the time Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was assuring President Donald Trump on Monday morning that his government had nothing to do with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a cleaning crew rolled up to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — just ahead of a planned Turkish investigation of the potential crime scene.

Via Common Dreams:

> [V]ideo cameras captured a team of cleaners hauling several buckets of mops, two large cases of trash bags, Dixi cleaning solution, another carton of what appears to be bleach, and two cases of Pinar milk through the front door of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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> The cleaning crew was seen entering the consulate shortly before Turkish investigators were set to arrive to carry out an "inspection" in search of additional evidence of who was behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi royal family.

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> Independent reporter Borzou Daragahi joked in a tweet that "the way to preserve the integrity of a possible crime scene and bolster confidence in the investigation is to bring in a bunch of cleaners through the front door before the detectives arrive."

> Shortly after the cleaning crew entered the Saudi consulate, a team of investigators arrived in an unmarked police car to begin an inspection of the building a full 13 days after Khashoggi entered to obtain marriage documents and never reemerged.

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> While Turkish officials have not officially stated what they believe happened to Khashoggi, they have reportedly told the U.S. that they have video and audio that suggests the journalist was tortured and murdered by a team of Saudis.

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