Washington/Ankara: The Turkish government has informed American officials that it has audio and video recordings proving that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared from his country’s consulate in Istanbul last week, was killed inside the building, according to US and Turkish officials.
The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained the Washington Post columnist Khashoggi, 59, in the consulate after he walked in on October 2 for paperwork before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body, the Post reported citing the officials. Saudi officials have denied any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, saying he left the consulate shortly after entering. It was not clear whether US officials have seen the footage or listened to the audio, but Turkish officials described their contents to their American counterparts, the newspaper said. The audio recording in particular provides the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, the officials said. (IANS)