KHASHOGGI WAS KILLED: TURKEY

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - TOP STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD - BY SHANE HAR­RIS, SOUAD MEKHEN­NET, JOHN HUD­SON, ANNE GEARAN

The Turk­ish govern­ment has told U.S. of­fi­cials that it has au­dio and video record­ings that prove Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed in­side the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul this month, ac­cord­ing to U.S. and Turk­ish of­fi­cials.

The record­ings show that a Saudi se­cu­rity team de­tained Khashoggi in the con­sulate af­ter he walked in on Oct. 2 to ob­tain an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment be­fore his up­com­ing wed­ding, then killed him and dis­mem­bered his body, the of­fi­cials said.

The au­dio record­ing in par­tic­u­lar pro­vides some of the most per­sua­sive and grue­some ev­i­dence that the Saudi team was re­spon­si­ble for Khashoggi’s death, the of­fi­cials said.

“The voice record­ing from in­side the em­bassy lays out what hap­pened to Ja­mal af­ter he en­tered,” said one per­son with knowl­edge of the record­ing who, like oth­ers, spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Ara­bic,” this per­son said. “You can hear how he was in­ter­ro­gated, tor­tured and then mur­dered.”

A sec­ond per­son briefed on the record­ing said men could be heard beat­ing Khashoggi.

The journalist has had long-stand­ing ties to the Saudi royal fam­ily, but has writ­ten crit­i­cally of the cur­rent govern­ment and Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man. IS­TAN­BUL -(C)2018,THE WASH­ING­TON POST,

OCT 12, 2018

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