The Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak somehow managed to get their hands on information regarding several audio recordings of Jamal Khashoogi’s torture and death. And it reveals the horror of what really happened to the Saudi journalist who went in to get a wedding certificate.
Yeni Şafak daily has obtained information indicating that there are numerous voice recordings from inside the Saudi consulate located in Turkey’s Istanbul where missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered on Oct. 2 and never reemerged.
In one of the recordings, Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi, who left Turkey for Riyadh on Tuesday, can be heard saying: “If you want to live, be quiet!”
Sources indicate that Khashoggi was tortured before he was killed. His fingers were allegedly cut off during the interrogation process before he was decapitated.
The consul general can be heard saying: “Do this outside. You’re going to get me in trouble.”
“It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist’s last moments,” told the Middle East Eye.
The source said Khashoggi was “dragged from the Consul General’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door. The screaming stopped when Khashoggi was injected with an as yet unknown substance. Head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department Salah Muhammad al-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.”
Turkish officials have told Reuters that authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, and have shared evidence with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States. Saudi Arabia has denied any role in Khashoggi’s disappearance.
I wonder if Turkey had the place bugged and that’s how they have these recordings. Or were the Saudi’s dumb enough to make the recordings themselves?
It was reported this morning that Pompeo said he’s not giving the Saudis the benefit of the doubt on this, that we are simply giving them time to investigate and will evaluate the evidence in the end.
Pompeo says US not giving Saudis "the benefit of the doubt," in Khashoggi investigation. He says when the investigation is done, the US will evaluate it. Just giving them more time, not the benefit of the doubt. But says "sooner better than later" to complete investigation. pic.twitter.com/53VwdCTWEs
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