Monday, 12 November 2018

Khashoggi’ Death: Journalist’s Disturbing Last Words Revealed – ‘I’m Suffocating’

The recordings, which Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah claims to have heard, indicate the murder took approximately seven minutes, Nazif Karaman told news network Al Jazeera on Sunday. 

Mr Karaman claimed Mr Khashoggi’s dying words were: “I’m suffocating, Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic.” The former Washington Post columnist disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

He had gone there to retrieve divorce papers so he could marry his fiancée – who was waiting outside the consulate building on the day he went missing.

Turkey has claimed it has recordings of the brutal “ISIS-style” attack which implicate Saudi officials in the journalist’s murder.

The recordings were subsequently leaked to Turkish media, shortly before Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they had also been shared with the US, UK, France and Germany.
Khashoggi’ Death: Journalist’s Disturbing Last Words Revealed – ‘I’m Suffocating’
He said: “We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them.

“They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know.”

Saudi Arabia initially claimed Mr Khashoggi had left the consulate alive, using a botched body double to make their story seem convincing.

The brazen act was described by US President Trump as the “worst cover-up in the history of cover-ups”.

The Gulf nation then changed its account, saying Mr Khashoggi had been involved in a “fist-fight” altercation which had lead to his death.

Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people it accuses of involvement in the murder, which allegedly involved the use of a so-called bone saw to brutally ismember the journalist.

But on Sunday Mr Erdogan again called on Saudi Arabia to provide answers as to what happened to Khashoggi and his body, which has not yet been found.

Speaking before his departure to Paris for World War I commemorations, the Turkish president made it clear he wanted to share intelligence on the murder with the West.

He has also demanded Saudi Arabia hand over the 18 suspects for prosecution in Turkey, but the kingdom has insisted that those responsible for Khashoggi’s death will be tried in Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile, Mr Karaman said his publication would soon publish further details of evidence from the audio tapes, including further details on the murder weapons.

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