Saudi embassy worker tells Khashoggi murder trial he saw many 'skewers of meat'
A Saudi embassy worker has told the Khashoggi murder trial that he saw many 'skewers of meat' and was told by 'panicked' staff to light the oven on the day the journalist was killed and dismembered.
Zeki Demir, a local technician who worked for the consulate, told the court today he had been called to the consul's residence, close to the consulate itself, on the day of the killing.
'There were five to six people there... They asked me to light up the tandoor (oven). There was an air of panic,' he said.
According to the indictment Demir also reported seeing many skewers of meat, and noticed that the marble slabs around the oven appeared to have changed colour as if they had been cleaned with a chemical.
The Turkish court opened the trial today in absentia of two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of the Washington Post columnist.
The trial in Istanbul will be closely watched for possible new information or evidence into the killing, including the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's remains.
Prosecutors have indicted the 20 Saudi nationals over Mr Khashoggi's grisly killing at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018, which cast a cloud of suspicion over Prince Mohammed.
They are seeking life prison terms for the defendants, who have all left Turkey.
Saudi Arabia rejected Turkish demands for the suspects' extradition and put some of them on trial in Riyadh.
The proceedings were widely criticised ...
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