Salah Mohammed Tubaigy

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Salah Mohammed Tubaigy
Salah Mohammed Al-Tubaigy at Istanbul Airport.jpg
Salah Mohammed Tubaigy at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 2 October 2018
Native name
صلاح بن محمد بن عبده الطبيقي
Born (1971-08-20) August 20, 1971 (age 47) [1]
OccupationForensic specialist, Colonel in the armed forces of Saudi Arabia

Salah Mohammed Abdah Tubaigy (Arabic: صلاح الطبيقي‎, born 20 August 1971),[1][2] also spelled Tubaiqi, is the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics[3] and Colonel in the armed forces of Saudi Arabia.[4]


Tubaigy is a professor in the criminal evidence department at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences in Riyadh, and is known for pioneering rapid and mobile autopsies. He has taught and published papers on gathering DNA evidence and dissecting human bodies[5][6] and has had a prominent role in Saudi Arabia’s state security apparatus and scientific community for around 20 years.[7] He designed a mobile autopsy lab to accompany Muslims on the hajj to Mecca, and said it can "provide the dissection service to the security authorities in a record time."[8]

In 2018 Al Jazeera reported that Tubaigy was involved in the murder and dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi.[9] A source said "Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive... As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same."[10][11] Tubaigy was traveling under a special(S052512) passport issued by the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Ministry Of Foreign Affairs according to the 2D barcode provided by Turkish authorities.[2]

An official cited by The New York Times reportedly described a quick assassination, and dismemberment by a team of Saudi agents, with a bone saw brought for the purpose. "It is like Pulp Fiction," the official said.[12]

Tubaigy served on the editorial board to the King Fahd Security College. In late October 2018, his name was removed from the publication’s website.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Passport scans show Saudis accused by Turkey of killing writer Jamal Khashoggi". NBC News. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The 15 suspects that have killed journalist Jamal Kashoggi [Photos]". Afrinik (2D barcode scan of passport). October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Sanchez, Raf; Yüksekkaş, Burhan (10 October 2018). "Saudi intelligence officer once based in London among 'hit squad' allegedly involved in Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ @sofarajiz (22 August 2018). العقيد د.صلاح الطبيقي (Tweet) (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 21 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "doctor116". Saudi Commission For Health Specialties. Retrieved 2018-10-21. Forensic Pathologist 2004-2009, investigating the cause of death by gathering the background information, medical history, death surrounding supported with autopsy for general identification features, postmortem changes and other external and internal findings
  6. ^ Madadin, Mohammed; Eldosary, Mohamed; Almoghaniem, Salah; Hafez, Ahmed Yasser; Mourad, Mohamed Abdel Salam; Tubaigy, Salah (2011). "Homicidal deaths In Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1 (3–4): 114–117. doi:10.1016/j.ejfs.2011.08.004. ISSN 2090-536X.
  7. ^ "Saudi forensic expert is among 15 named by Turkey in disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Suspects in disappearance of Khashoggi linked to Saudi security services". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Khashoggi was beaten to death in front of Saudi consul general, then dismembered: sources". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Jamal Khashoggi Dismembered Alive, Saudi Killer Listened To Music During Murder, 'Middle East Eye' Reports". The Inquisitr. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Jamal Khashoggi's killing took seven minutes, Turkish source tells MEE". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Missing Saudi journalist 'cut up with bone saw in Pulp Fiction murder'". Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Does Saudi Forensic Doctor Who Allegedly Dismembered Khashoggi Have Ties to University of New Haven?". Democracy Now!. October 26, 2018.

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