Saudi Arabia killing: Khashoggi chilling last column released as audio describes torture

Mae Love
October 18, 2018

"I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together". "You are going to get me in trouble".

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi monarchy who wrote for The Washington Post, has not been seen since that day.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Turkish investigators spent nearly nine hours searching the Saudi consul's residence, before moving on to the consulate itself about 200m away, according to Reuters news agency.

In the column, Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who went into self-imposed exile in the US over the rise of the crown prince, also discussed the practice of Middle Eastern governments blocking internet access to control tightly the information their citizens can see.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and Washington Post contributor, is believed to have been killed by Saudi operatives in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

And a New York Times report says three of the suspects in the alleged Saudi "hit squad" served as part of the Crown Prince's security team.

Pompeo had previously expressed confidence that the Saudi probe into Khashoggi's disappearance would be "thorough, complete and transparent".

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A Saudi doctor who was allegedly sent to Turkey to assist with the dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi reportedly told others in the room to listen to music to ease the tension as they cut off the journalist's head and dismembered his body.

"We all need to know what it was, how it happened and who was responsible and where the evidence leads".

Turkish forensic officials arrive to the residence of Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, Oct. 17, 2018.

Mr Mutreb, perhaps a bodyguard, has been photographed emerging from planes with Prince Mohammed on recent trips to Madrid and Paris, the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Turkey, which has been the source of much of the damning evidence against the Saudis in Khashoggi's disappearance, is conducting its own investigation, results of which Pompeo said would be shared with the United States and the Saudis.

The family of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rejected all attempts to use its name to target Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

President Donald Trump's previous warnings over the case drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon. The secretary of state noted that the Saudi leaders, while denying knowledge of anything that occurred inside the consulate, had committed to accountability "including for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials".

They allege that Mr Khashoggi was killed by a team of Saudi agents who were pictured entering and leaving Turkey on CCTV footage released to media outlets. Pompeo was criticized on social media for images from his meetings with Saudi officials that showed him smiling broadly.

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