Turkey has evidence of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Turkey has audio and video evidence of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, although he has not made them public because they would reveal the way he spies on foreign diplomats; a more common practice than governments are willing to recognize, but vetoed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which establishes the inviolability of consulates and embassies.
This is the conclusion reached by The Washington Post, a medium with which Khashoggi collaborated, after speaking with American and Turkish security sources. The BBC has also published that official Turkish sources have claimed to have audio and video material that corroborates that Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the consulate.
The trail of the journalist, critical of the current Government of his country and especially with the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, was lost on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Although in public the Turkish authorities are cautious about the case, in private they have transmitted to journalists and relatives of Khashoggi the hypothesis of the fatal outcome.
They have even sent the evidence to the US intelligence services. “The audio recordings from inside the embassy expose what happened to Jamal [Khashoggi] after entering. You can hear his voice and the voice of men speaking in Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and murdered, “says a Turkish source quoted by the Post.
On Sunday, the president of the Turkish-Arab Press Association and friend of the victim, Turan Kislakçi, explained to EL PAÍS that the Turkish authorities had shared with him and others close to Khashoggi “data on the investigation” and assured that They had “concrete information” about his murder “by a team of Saudis.”
Bin Salmán’s personal guard?
These 15 Saudi intelligence agents, including a forensic expert, arrived in Istanbul on several flights during that same October 2, and almost all departed in two private jets at the end of the day. The investigation has leaked images of the Saudi agents – three of them are believed to be members of Bin Salmán’s personal guard – entering the consulate and leaving in several vehicles with diplomatic plates.
This hypothesis is also corroborated by the journalist Kemal Öztürk, from the newspaper Yeni Safak, very close to the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government. “The Saudi consulate says it has no recordings [of the Khashoggi walk out of the building]. But we have our own cameras. As you know, there is also a video about the time of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi,” he said in a televised interview: “In front of each embassy and consulate there are security guards from the host country”.
“Although I personally do not have proof of the murder, the most probable thing is that it happened, according to the information that has reached me,” told on Friday Yasin Aktay, friend of Khashoggi and vice president of the AKP party, which governs Turkey from 2002: “These are very serious accusations and Saudi Arabia has to give evidence if, as it says, Jamal left by his own foot of the consulate. The ball is on the side of the Saudis. “
It is still unknown whether the aim of the Saudi agents was the killing of Khashoggi or he could not withstand the torture he allegedly suffered. The hypothesis that the journalist’s body was dismembered to facilitate its transfer abroad and its subsequent concealment is also considered. So they have collected the effects of Khashoggi to extract DNA samples and investigated the two mobile phones left to his fiancée, the Turkish Hatice Cengiz, before going to the consulate. One of them would be connected to the Apple watch that he was carrying at the time of his disappearance and that could give information about his whereabouts, travel or vital signs.
For the moment, Turkish agents have not proceeded to investigate the consular building despite the fact that on Tuesday the Saudi authorities agreed to allow the registration. According to two members of the investigative team interviewed by The Washington Post, the Saudi authorities “do not cooperate” and the required access at the consulate or the residence of the consul has not been guaranteed, where one of the vehicles in which allegedly Saudi agents were traveling after spending three hours at the consulate.
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