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Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 

Turkey has audio and visual recordings of Khashoggi's death: report

Turkey has audio and visual recordings of Khashoggi

Washington, 12 October 2018 (MIA) - Turkey allegedly has a video and audio recording proving Jamal Khashoggi's death in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate, the Washington Post reported late on Thursday.

“The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,” an unidentified source familiar with the intelligence told the Post.

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

Turkey apparently told US officials about the recording, the Post said, but it remains unknown how they obtained this audio and video recording.

Saudi Arabia, however, has strongly denied any involvement in his disappearance and say that he left the consulate soon after arriving.

The Saudis have not presented any evidence to corroborate their claims and say that video cameras at the consulate were not recording at the time.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey have agreed to form a joint working team to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The move follows a conversation between White House aide Jared Kushner, who is also Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, earlier this week.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told state-run Anadolu news agency the idea to set up the "joint working group" came from Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, a prominent journalist who had been living in self-imposed exile in Washington, has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

A senior source with knowledge of the Turkish investigation told Middle East Eye the Saudis are on the verge of accepting Turkey’s evidence that a major crime took place at the consulate.

The Saudis intend to blame elements within their country’s deep state, security establishment for the journalist’s kidnapping, the source said.

The source said the Saudis are hoping to build a firewall around bin Salman, who has insisted he knows nothing about any alleged kidnapping operation.

The Saudis' acceptance of Turkey's version of events - that a crime took place at the consulate - would represent a major U-turn from what Saudi officials have said publicly since Khashoggi was first reported missing.

So far, Saudi officials have staunchly denied that anything took place at the consulate, saying Khashoggi left the building shortly after he arrived. Turkish officials have only spoken anonymously to the media about the details of the investigation.

"We know when Jamal was killed, in which room he was killed and where the body was taken to be dismembered. If the forensic team are allowed in, they know exactly where to go," a Turkish source with direct knowledge of the investigation told MEE.

The source said police investigators were confident they already had enough forensic evidence from searches of the sewage network connected to the building. ik/08:39


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