Ankara: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was said to be tortured before being decapitated inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, reported Turkish daily Yeni Safak. It revealed that it had heard audio recordings which show Saudi journalist’s fingers were chopped off, then he was decapitated.
During interrogation, Khashoggi’s fingers were chopped off. Yeni Safak claimed that it had heard multiple recordings of the incident.
Khashoggi had disappeared after entering the consulate for obtaining documents ahead of his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancée. Turkey believes that he was killed by Saudi officials, while Riyadh dismissed the claims.
Earlier citing unnamed US and Turkish officials, the Washington Post had also pointed to audio and video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.
Business Standard with reference to Yeni Safak, stated Saudi Arabia’s consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, can be heard on one tape saying during Khashoggi’s torture: “Do this outside. You are going to get me in trouble.” The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: “If you want to live when you come to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!” Yeni Safak did not say how the tapes came into existence or how it obtained them.