Video ‘proves murder of journalist by Saudi Arabia’
TURKEY says it has audio and video recordings proving that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
The recordings are said to show that a Saudi security team detained the regime critic after he walked in on October 2 to arrange marriage paperwork.
They then killed and dismembered him, according to US and Turkish officials. They told The Washington Post newspaper that the audio recording in particular provides damning evidence that the Saudis murdered Mr Khashoggi, 59.
A source said: ‘You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.’
It is not clear how the Turkish authorities got the recordings and they are unlikely to be released as they could reveal how the Turks spy on foreign powers in their country.
Saudi officials have denied any involvement in Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance last week, saying he left the consulate shortly after entering, but have failed to provide any proof.
Others have claimed he was killed as part of a crackdown orchestrated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to silence his critics. ÷ Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is suspending two directorships linked to tourism projects in Saudi Arabia because of the Kashoggi affair.