Audio leaks uncover dreadful killing of Saudi journalist
Turkish media based on new audio leaks reported that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by being gradually dismembered by a Saudi assassination squad tied to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inside Saudi consulate.
Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported it had heard audio recordings of Jamal Khashoggi being tortured during an interrogation, having his fingers cut off and then being decapitated.
Report said, Saudi consul Mohammed al-Otaibi can be heard on one tape saying during Khashoggi's torture: "Do this outside. You are going to get me in trouble."
The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you return to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!"
The New York Times reported Tuesday that a suspect identified by Turkey was a frequent companion of the prince's. Three other suspects are linked to his security detail and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, the Times said.
The Saudi consul Mohammed al-Otaibi left Istanbul for Riyadh on a scheduled Saudia flight on Tuesday afternoon, with Ankara insisting he had not been expelled and left by his own choice.
Turkish police on Monday night undertook an eight-hour search at the consulate, taking away soil and DNA samples, although a search expected on Tuesday at the consul's residence has so far not taken place.
A Turkish official has claimed that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut up into pieces after he died two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The unidentified source made the claims to CNN after it was first reported in the New York Times as the investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance heats up.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry. He has not been seen since.