Resourcefulness of slain Saudi journalist comes back to haunt his killers
Saudi Consul General in Istanbul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, departed on a commercial flight on Tuesday just hours before investigators arrived at his official residence in the Turkish capital
Turkish police searched the Saudi Consul’s residence after ‘he was heard telling hit squad as they cut off journalist’s fingers one by one to “Do this outside; you’re going to get me in trouble”‘, in audio recording
A source claimed to have heard audio of Jamal Khashoggi’s dying moments said he was dismembered while still alive on Oct 2
Four of the men sought in connection with the Khashoggi disappearance have links to Saudi Crown Prince
One of them has acted as his bodyguard during trips to the US and Europe
Turkush authorities Tuesday announced they found ‘certain evidence’ Khashoggi was killed in the building and investigators ‘looking into whether his body was dissolved using acid’ carted away bags of toxic materials
Saudi born Washington Post correspondent Jamal Khashoggi [photo L-R],was reportedly butchered while still alive by members of the 15-strong Saudi hand picked ‘hit squad’. Several members of the team have been found to have close ties to the Royal family
Turkish police have begun searching the residence of the Saudi Consul in Istanbul amid claims that he may have witnessed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi reportedly told the ‘hit squad’ accused of being flown in to murder Khashoggi, to ‘do this outside or you’ll get me into trouble’, in audio allegedly recorded at the consulate.
al-Otaibi fled Turkey yesterday, hours before it was reported that he can be heard on the seven minute audio Khashoggi allegedly recorded on his smartwatch of his own torture and murder.
Following revelations about the leaked audio tape on Wednesday, Turkish police were seen returning to the Saudi consulate and carrying out searches on the Consul’s private residence which had previously been left untouched by investigators.
The audio, which has not been released to the public, reportedly also recorded one of the alleged killers instruct the others to wear headphones and listen to music while dismembering the 59-year-old, journalist.
This comes as a man identified as having worked as a bodyguard for the Crown Prince is confirmed as a suspect in the Turkish police investigation. He was previously named as part of the 15-strong ‘hit squad’ that was reportedly sent to Istanbul to take out Khashoggi.
Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, reportedly now being sought by Turkish authorities for questioning over Khashoggi’s disappearance, can be seen in the background as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits a Habitat for Humanity in Houston, Texas in April
Turkish government sources have said police believe the journalist was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials sent to Istanbul especially for the task.
Middle East Eye reported Wednesday, that seven of the suspects belong to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s personal security and protection detail.
The ‘forensic expert’, Salah Muhammad al-Tabiki, can reportedly be heard in the seven-minute audio recording Khashoggi allegedly made of his own execution.
Based on the recording, it took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, according to Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of Khashoggi’s last moments.
The alleged 15 man Saudi ‘hit squad’ were photographed at passport control at Ataturk Airport on Oct 2
Khashoggi reportedly was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door, the Turkish source said.
A Saudi national identified as Salah Muhammad al-Tabiki allegedly cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in a study in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul while he was still alive.
Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said.”The consul himself was taken out of the room. There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him,” MEE quotes a source.
The screaming stopped when Khashoggi was injected with an as yet unknown substance.
al-Tabiki, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet.
Salah al-Tabiki began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the killing took seven minutes, the source said.
As he started to dismember the body, Tabiki put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.
“When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too,” Tabiki was recorded as saying, the source told MEE.
A three-minute version of the audio tape has been given to Turkish newspaper Sabah, but they have yet to release it.
The butcher: ‘Forensic expert’ Salah Muhammad al-Tabiki, identified as the man in these pictures in Turkish newspapers, reportedly could be heard telling others in the squad to put headphones in while dismembering Khashoggi. The victim was still alive
Lt. Col. Salah al-Tabiki is listed as the president of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and a member of the Saudi Association for Forensic Pathology
A Turkish source told the New York Times that Salah Muhammad al-Tabiki was equipped with a bone saw. He is listed as the president of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and a member of the Saudi Association for Forensic Pathology.
In 2014, London-based Saudi newspaper Asharaq al-Awsat interviewed Salah al-Tabiki about a mobile clinic that allows coroners to perform autopsies in seven minutes to determine the cause of death of Hajj pilgrims.
The newspaper reported that the mobile clinic was partly designed by Salah al-Tabiki and could be used in “security cases that requires pathologist intervention to perform an autopsy or examine a body at the place of a crime”.
These are the first details to emerge of the Saudi journalist’s killing. Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to retrieve paperwork.
To date, Saudi officials have strongly denied any involvement in his disappearance and say that he left the consulate soon after arriving. However, they have not presented any evidence to corroborate their claim and say that video cameras at the consulate were not recording at the time.
Surveillance camera images of Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb [left], and Thaar Ghaleb al-Harbi, part of the team named in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance, as they arrive in Turkey
The veteran journalist and Washington Post columnist, vanished on 2 October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork so he could remarry.
A critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the US and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before he vanished.
Bags of ‘toxic materials’ were taken out after the nine-hour overnight visit to the Saudi consulate by Turkish forensic investigators
Maintenance workers leave with garbage bags full of evidentiary material from Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon
Saudi Arabia denies any involvement with Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and has dismissed the allegations as ‘baseless’. The official explanation is that he left the consulate soon after arriving. However, they have not presented any evidence to corroborate their claim and say that video cameras at the consulate were not recording at the time.
On the other hand reports emerging from Turkey on Tuesday said local law enforcement have found ‘certain evidence’ that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, and Turkish officials have referenced an audio recording.
They said that this evidence had been shared with several other countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Investigators have reportedly been ‘looking into toxic materials’ at the alleged crime scene following a nine-hour overnight search which ended in the early hours of Tuesday.