Did re­porter record his own mur­der?

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Rus­sell Black­stock RBLACKSTOCK@SUNDAYPOST.COM

A Saudi jour­nal­ist feared mur­dered in his coun­try’s Is­tan­bul con­sulate recorded his visit there on his Ap­ple watch, it has been claimed.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials now have the au­dio record­ing of the al­leged killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, a pro-govern­ment news­pa­per says. The new claim was pub­lished by the Sabah news­pa­per, through which Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials have leaked much in­for­ma­tion about the case. It puts more pres­sure on Saudi Ara­bia to ex­plain what hap­pened to Mr Khashoggi, who had writ­ten crit­i­cally about Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man,af­terhe walked into the con­sulate two weeks ago.

The king­dom has main­tained the al­le­ga­tions against it are “base­less”.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered the au­dio from Mr Khashoggi’s iphone and his icloud ac­count, the news­pa­per said.

The jour­nal­ist had given his phone to his fi­ancee be­fore en­ter­ing the con­sulate.

An Ap­ple Watch can record au­dio and can sync that later with an iphone over a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion. The news­pa­per’s ac­count did not elab­o­rate on how the Ap­ple Watch synced that in­for­ma­tion to both the phone and Mr Khashoggi’s icloud ac­count.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials say they be­lieve a 15-mem­ber Saudi “as­sas­si­na­tion squad” killed Mr Khashoggi at the con­sulate.

Ja­mal Khashoggi

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