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Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources, reported Sky News (UK).

The sources have told Sky News the writer had been "cut up" and his face "disfigured".

One source also suggested Mr Khashoggi's remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general's home - situated around 500 metres away from the consulate.

It contradicts the explanation being made by Saudi officials that the body was rolled up in a carpet and handed to a local collaborator who was tasked with disposing of the evidence.

Theresa May's spokesman said reports of Mr Khashoggi's body parts being found were "deeply disturbing".

"The location of Mr Khashoggi's body is just one of the questions we need answers to and as such we await the full results of the Turkish investigation," he said.

It comes as pictures have been published of the journalist's son, Salah Khashoggi, meeting the Gulf kingdom's ruler, King Salman, and his son crown prince Mohamed bin Salman, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Mr Khashoggi's brother, Sahel, was also at the meeting at which the king and crown prince expressed their condolences over the Washington Post columnist's death.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has revealed what he has said is the “naked truth” about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, calling on Saudi Arabia to put the suspects on trial in Istanbul, reported Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey).

Addressing his party’s parliamentary group, the president confirmed two weeks of leaks by Turkish officials that Saudi officials murdered Khashoggi in their consulate after plotting his death days before, demanding the kingdom reveals the identities of all those involved in the killing, regardless of their ranks.

“I am making a call to Saudi Arabia. This happened in Istanbul. We propose that these 18 suspects are tried in Istanbul. Of course, this is something they can decide on,” he said.

In his speech, Erdoğan did not mention Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who media outlets suspect of ordering the killing. But he said Turkey would not complete its investigation into Khashoggi’s death until all questions were answered.

Erdoğan’s speech comes as U.S. President Donald Trump said he was “not satisfied” with Riyadh’s explanation of The Washington Post contributor’s death in a case that has tarnished the image of the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

CIA Director Gina Haspel arrived in Turkey on Oct. 23 to help investigate the killing.

Khashoggi, who was living in Washington, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi, 59, was tortured and killed inside the consulate by a team of 15 Saudi agents and his body was cut up.

After weeks of denial, Saudi Arabia said on Oct. 20 that Khashoggi was killed in a “fist-fight” in the consulate in a botched attempt to interrogate the prominent dissident.

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet on Oct. 23 said it would hold accountable all those behind the murder "no matter who they may be".

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Turkish officials have claimed that a team of 15 killer agents from Saudi Arabia had arrived in Istanbul just a few hours before Khashoggi’s ‘disapperance’ and had allegedly captured him minutes after he entered the consulate building. Officials claimed that audio recordings obtained from the building indicated that Khashoggi was tortured before being killed, reported Times Now News (India).

As per the NYT report, a specialist in forensic medicine Saudi doctor had been sent along with the hitmen to aid them in dismembering and disposing of the dissident journalist’s body, which suggested that the killing was possibly premeditated. The report quoted the Turkish official as saying that the doctor asked others in the room to wear earphones and listen to music while cutting Khashoggi’s body in order to “ease tension.”

In another startling revelation related to the shocking death of the rebel scribe, a report by Reuters also claimed that a top aide for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saud al-Qahtani, allegedly gave orders for the brutal killing over Skype. Qahtani was reportedly sacked by Saudi rulers on Saturday as Riyadh dealt with the growing backlash by the international community pertaining to Khashoggi's death.

The report quoted a senior Arab source claiming that as the Saudi hitmen brought Khashoggi in a room in the consulate, Qahtani was contacted through Skype. After a brief war of words between Qahtani and Khashoggi, the former purportedly instructed the agents to kill the journalist and “bring him the head of the dog,” a Turkish intelligence source told the news agency.

After issuing several denials regarding Khashoggi’s death, Saudi Arabia admitted on Monday that the journalist was killed in a fistfight with its agents as he was “accidentally” strangulated. Saudi officials have maintained that the Crown Prince, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, had no knowledge of the mission and became aware of the incident two weeks later. However, the theory floated by Saudi Arabia has been questioned by several global leaders who have called the Saudi version of events as “not credible”, reports said.

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