- A Turkish journalist has described what he says were Jamal Khashoggi’s last words.
- According to Nazif Karaman, who works at Turkey’s state-run Daily Sabah newspaper, Khashoggi said “I’m suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic.”
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he had passed on an audio recording of Khashoggi’s death to the US, the UK, France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.
Jamal Khashoggi’s last words were “I’m suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic,” according to a Turkish journalist who says he listened to audio of Khashoggi’s death recorded at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Nazif Karaman, the head of investigations at Turkey’s state-run Daily Sabah newspaper, made the comments to Al Jazeera on Sunday. He said Khashoggi suffocated after the Saudi journalist’s killers covered his head with a plastic bag.
The killing lasted about seven minutes, Karaman said, citing the recording.
Karaman said Khashoggi’s killers covered the floor of the consulate with plastic bags before dismembering Khashoggi’s body, which he said took 15 minutes.
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, for the first time last month publicly said that Khashoggi was strangled shortly after entering the consulate on October 2 and that his body was subsequently dismembered.
Karaman added that his newspaper, Sabah, would soon publish images of the tools believed to be used by Saudi agents and some of the audio of Khashoggi’s last moments.
The mysterious recording
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Saturday said he passed on the audio recordings to the US, the UK, France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said his country’s intelligence agents – who have been working with their Turkish counterparts – had heard the recording of Khashoggi’s death but he had not.
An unnamed senior German official told The Washington Post that the head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service listened to the recording during a trip to Ankara, calling the footage “very convincing.” CIA Director Gina Haspel also heard the recording last month, The Post reported.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, however, said that his country had not received the recording and that Erdogan “has a political game to play in these circumstances.”
A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office told Business Insider she would neither confirm nor deny Erdogan’s comments because it was an intelligence matter.
A spokesman for the German chancellor’s office, the Bundesregierung, told Business Insider in a statement there was an “intelligence exchange” between German and Turkish counterparts but declined to give more information.
Business Insider has contacted the Elysée Palace and the Saudi Embassy in London for comment. The White House’s press office was unavailable.
Turkey ends the search for Khashoggi’s body
The Turkish police are ending their search for Khashoggi’s body but continuing their investigation into his death, Al Jazeera reported, citing unnamed sources.
Turkish investigators reportedly believe that Khashoggi’s remains may have been dissolved in acid.
Anonymous Saudi officials repeatedly pushed a theory that Khashoggi’s body given to a Turkish coconspirator but never revealed a name. Turkish authorities reportedly do not believe this collaborator exists.
Riyadh has been trying to distance its leadership, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from the killing. In an op-ed article for The Post earlier this month, Erdogan wrote: “We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government.”
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