Audio recordings indicate torture, dismemberment of Saudi journalist

Geraldine Edwards
October 20, 2018

But Pompeo declared he did not want "to talk about any of the facts", while President Donald Trump said innocence must be presumed, drawing a parallel with his US Supreme Court judge nominee who faced sexual assault accusations.

'When I do this job I listen to music, ' Mr Tubaigy is said to have told henchmen above Mr Khashoggi's screams.

Trump also said the U.S. has requested the audio and video from Turkey related missing journalist "if it exists" and that he will probably know what happened to Khashoggi by the end of the week.

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo held separate meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for around 40 minutes each on Wednesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The searches and the leaks in Turkish media have ensured the world's attention remains focused on what happened to Khashoggi, who went into a self-imposed exile in the US over the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was beheaded and dismembered within minutes after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, an audio recording leaked to a Turkish state-run newspaper indicates.

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The Saudis have strongly denied those allegations but USA media outlets have reported that they will acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation.

As major corporations and lobbying firms distance themselves from Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump has brought up the possibility that Khashoggi was murdered by rogue killers. "So we have to find out what happened".

Yeni Safak columnist and former press adviser to Erdogan Kemal Ozturk, citing unnamed security sources, claimed today that police were searching for Khashoggi's corpse in Istanbul's largest green space, the Belgrade Forest, which like the Saudi Consulate is on the European side of the city.

Turkish officials believe journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate.

The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you return to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!"

"They indicated they understood that getting that done in a timely, rapid fashion so they could begin to answer important questions", he told reporters traveling with him.

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While, according to CNN, Saudi Arabia was planning to release a report saying that Khashoggi had died during an interrogation gone wrong, these recordings, according to both Middle East Eye and the Wall Street Journal, show no evidence of an interrogation.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to attend an investment conference in Riyadh next week, even as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and top executives from Societe Generale and Glencore joined a growing list of executives who have pulled out. Lindsey Graham, said Tuesday that the crown prince "has got to go" and called on Trump to "sanction the hell out of" the Saudi government.

Although Pompeo said the alleged death of the journalist is "unlawful" and "unacceptable", he said: "I do think it's important that everyone keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships between the USA and Saudi Arabia".

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

Pompeo, wrapping up a trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to discuss the crisis over the missing journalist, made a point to stress areas where the kingdom and America cooperate.

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