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Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey reportedly has second tape of murder

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  • Turkish officials reportedly have obtained a second,
    15-minute audio tape of a Saudi hit team discussing the details
    of a plan to murder the journalist Jamal
    Khashoggi
    .
  • The tape
    directly contradicts the conclusions
    drawn by Saudi
    investigators. 
  • In the tape, a Saudi hit team allegedly discusses
    how to execute Khashoggi immediately prior to his arrival at
    the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, reports Turkey’s Hurriyet
    newspaper. 

Turkish officials reportedly have a second, 15-minute audio tape
of a Saudi hit team discussing the details of a plan to murder
the journalist Jamal
Khashoggi
.

The tape, first reported by a columnist at Turkey’s
Hurriyet newspaper
, allegedly shows evidence that Khashoggi
was the victim of a premeditated murder and directly contradicts
the conclusions drawn by Saudi investigators.

Khashoggi, 59, was a contributor to The Washington Post and a
Saudi Arabian national who frequently wrote editorials
critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) concluded on Friday that the
crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s assassination
.

In the first tape, “Khashoggi’s desperate attempts to
survive could be heard in a seven-minute audio recording. There
is no hint of anyone trying to persuade him,” Abdulkadir Selvi,
the Hurriyet columnist,
wrote on Friday

Read more:
Here’s everything we know about the troubling disappearance and
death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Khashoggi traveled to the Saudi embassy to obtain documents
needed to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, 36. Saudi
investigators said Khashoggi was killed only after consulate
officials tried to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia on his
own volition. 

In the second tape, which was recorded 15 minutes before
Khashoggi arrived at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the
Saudi team “discusses how to execute Khashoggi. They are
reviewing their plan, which was previously prepared, and
reminding themselves the duties of each member,” reports
Hurriyet.

“There is also evidence from the period after the killing,”
the newspaper added. “Turkey has the international phone
calls made by the 15-member Saudi hit
squad.”  

The Saudi government has repeatedly changed its
story on Khashoggi’s death. On Thursday, the Saudi public
prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb released his findings. A spokesman for
the prosecutor, Shaalan al-Shaalan, said 11 people had been
indicted and five face the death penalty. Their names were not
released.

On Thursday, US officials also announced sanctions against 17
Saudi officials.

“The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the
abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” according to a statement
from Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin
. “These individuals who targeted and
brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United
States must face consequences for their actions.”

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