Video ‘proves mur­der of jour­nal­ist by Saudi Ara­bia’

Daily Mail - - EDEN CONFIDENTIAL - From Larisa Brown in Is­tan­bul

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.

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