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First details of audio tape published by investigators of Jamal Khashoggi torture and murder

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First details of audio tape published by investigators of Jamal Khashoggi torture and murder


According to a Turkish source who heard an audio of the recording, Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was abducted and dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd and eventually murdered, was tortured and dismembered for over seven minutes while still alive.

“The consul himself was taken out of the room,” the source told the Middle East Eye. “There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him.”

A witness downstairs claims to have heard the tortured screaming and indicates that it stopped when Khashoggi was injected with an unknown substance.

Saudi national Salah Muhammad A Tubaigy at Ataturk Airport on 2 October 2018 (AFP/Sabah/screengrab)

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, and 15 others reportedly arrived by private jet into Turkey earlier that day. Unfortunately, things took an evil turn from there.

Per the source, prior to dismembering Khashoggi’s body with a bone saw, Tubaigy put on earphones and began listening. On the recording, you can actually hear him advise those in his company to follow suit.

“When I do this job, I listen to music,” Tubaigy said on the recording. “You should do [that] too.”

A three-minute audio tape has been given to Turkish newspaper Sabah, but they not released it to the public yet.

The Turkish source tells the New York Times that Tubaigy used a bone saw. He is listed as the president of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and a member of the Saudi Association for Forensic Pathology.


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