A Turkish newspaper has published new details of a recording which reportedly captured the final moments of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The prominent government critic was killed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul last October.
The pro-government Sabah newspaper says the transcript is from a recording taken inside and later obtained by Turkish intelligence.
It includes information such as the journalist’s alleged last words.
Khashoggi wrote a column for the Washington Post newspaper and was based in the US before his disappearance.
He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 to obtain papers he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée.
His mysterious death piled scrutiny on Saudi Arabia, which released conflicting information regarding his disappearance in the aftermath.
Saudi authorities have since blamed a “rogue” operation for his murder and put 11 men on trial.
What does the newspaper say?
The Sabah has consistently made international headlines by carrying details – including some that have been disputed – about the journalist’s mysterious death.
The newspaper published two new reports this week into Khashoggi’s death at the hands of a group they label a “hit squad”.
Their latest report details information from the alleged recording.
It includes details such as a forensic expert, part of a team sent from Saudi Arabia, allegedly referring to the journalist as an “animal to be sacrificed” prior to his arrival.
The Sabah report says Khashoggi, once inside in the consulate, became suspicious and was told he had to return to Riyadh because of an Interpol order.
The journalist allegedly refused to comply with the group’s requests, which included texting his son, and was then drugged, according to the newspaper. Read more