Newly released transcripts tell last, gruesome moments of Khashoggi

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Newly released transcripts tell last, gruesome moments of columnist Jamal Khashoggi


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/newly-released-transcripts-tell-last-gruesome-moments-of-columnist-jamal-khashoggi/ar-AAH5VSC?ocid=st


Newly released transcripts provide insight into the final moments of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi before he was killed by Saudi agents inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.


The authenticity of the transcripts, which were published Tuesday in the Turkish media for the first time, were confirmed to ABC News by Turkish authorities.

The transcripts reveal gruesome details from the murder that has cast a shadow over Saudi relations with the United States.


(MORE: Saudi leadership responsible for Khashoggi murder, says UN report)


The reported transcribed conversations show the 15-member team of Saudi officials discussing what to do with Khashoggi's body before he arrived at the consulate, seeking paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his fiancée Hatice Cengiz. It's unclear how Turkey was able to record the events in the Saudi consulate as they unfolded.


Saudi Arabia has said that the team was rogue, misinterpreting an old edict to convince Saudi dissidents to come home and killing Khashoggi by accident. Those 15 individuals have been on trial in the kingdom, but the proceedings have been closed to the public.


"Is it possible to put the body in a bag?" asked Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a senior member of the team, 12 minutes before Khashoggi arrived on Oct. 2.


Dr. Salah Muhammed Tubaigy, who served as forensic chief at the Saudi General Security Department, responded, "No. Too heavy, very tall too."


"I know how to cut very well," Tubaigy added. "I have never worked on a warm body though, but I'll also manage that easily. I normally put on my earphones and listen to music when I cut cadavers. In the meantime, I sip on my coffee and smoke. After I dismember it, you will wrap the parts into plastic bags, put them in suitcases and take them out."


According to Turkish officials, the team did that, removing Khashoggi's body in pieces in five suitcases. His remains have never been found.


In another portion of the transcript, after Khashoggi arrived, he was told to send his son a text message. Mutreb told him to "write something like 'I'm in Istanbul. Don't worry if you cannot reach me.'"


Khashoggi responded, "How can such a thing take place at a consulate? I'm not writing anything."

(MORE: Timeline of the disappearance and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi)

"Write it, Mr. Jamal. Hurry up. Help us so we can help you, because in the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don't help us you know what will happen eventually," Mutreb fired back.

"There is a towel here. Will you have me drugged?" Khashoggi asked.

Tubaigy then stepped in and said, "We will put you to sleep."

The team then put a plastic bag over his head and suffocated him, with scuffling and struggling heard and a few commands given, such as, "Keep pushing" and "push it well."

Khashoggi's last words were, "I have asthma. Do not do it, you will suffocate me," according to the transcripts.


Shortly afterward, the sound of a bone saw is heard.


A United Nations special investigator determined in a report in June that Khashoggi's murder was perpetrated at the highest levels of the Saudi Arabian power structure and required further investigation of senior Saudi officials, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia blasted the report as based on "many unfounded accusations" and questioned "the impartiality and lack of objectivity of the report" and its author, U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnès Callamard.


(MORE: Trump dismisses Khashoggi investigation, Pompeo doesn't raise it in Saudi meeting)


"The kingdom will never accept any attempt to harm its sovereignty and that it categorically rejects any attempt to derail this issue away from the kingdom's justice system or any attempt to influence it in any way," according to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir.


President Donald Trump was equally dismissive of the investigation, saying he did not raise the issue with the crown prince in a meeting at the G-20 and telling NBC News that the murder had "been heavily investigated. ... By everybody."


The Trump administration has said it continues to collect evidence on the murder, but has largely accepted the Saudi defense that it was a rogue operation carried out by a 15-member team -- all of whom were placed under U.S. sanctions last November.


"We continue to urge the Saudi government to ascertain all the facts and hold those responsible for the murder accountable. We are awaiting conclusion of the criminal trial in Riyadh," a State Department spokesperson told ABC News on Tuesday. "If additional facts come to light, we will consider further measures."


Members of Congress -- in both parties -- have challenged Trump on his efforts to dismiss Saudi Arabia's role in Khashoggi's death in an effort to keep business as usual.

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bleusblue2

What a bunch of pigs. And they are human too. devastating. let the evil they've done come back to them and their families.

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Chi

Of course Trump believes they are innocent. He can't get their billions if he doesn't.

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miss lindsey (still misses Sophie)(8a)

Nah, Trump is just a PAB (snerk) and he’s scared of them. The money is the icing on the cake but he wouldn’t confront them in any case. In my opinion.

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cattyles

I don’t think trump believes they are innocent. He just doesn’t care.

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cattyles

Lindsey’s right. He’s scared. He’s a coward.

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margaux

There's been no shadow cast over Saudi and US relations. None.

Best buds:


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Kathy

Money and self interest overrides morals. Look how many over looked Epstein’s trafficking of minors. MIT overlooked it to collect his money. Those people/Trump family should not be running America. They should be in jail.

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Linda

The SA royals are pure evil! But so are the Trumps! Khashoggi was a target because he told the truth about both.

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Janie

From Trump's official statement:

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

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elvis

The OP title: Newly released transcripts tell last, gruesome moments of Khashoggi

...sounds like a tabloid headline.

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patriciae_gw(07)

It does Elvis doesn't it and that makes it all the more horrifying don't you think?

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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23)

I avoided reading the transcript yesterday when I saw the article. I think I should have avoided it today, too. Horrible. And trump's response is unforgivable. Even if everything else trump had done in office was stellar in my mind, this alone would have reversed all the rest.

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Zalco/bring back Sophie!

The Saudis paid no price for 9/11. That had nothing to do with Trump. Money counts for more than innocent lives.

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Janie

The OP title: Newly released transcripts tell last, gruesome moments of Khashoggi

...sounds like a tabloid headline.

Trump is a tabloid "president" and this headline bothers the wingers.

Bleusblue, Trump supporters NEVER weigh in on Khashoggi's murder.

They aren't allowed to, Trump has declared it off-limits, there's too much money involved, for Trump

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bob_cville

Clear undeniable proof that he was intentionally murdered in a pre-planned manner inside the Embassy and still it is not enough for Trump to do anything, I'm glad at least that it seems that Mr. Khashoggi was killed first and then dismembered, rather than what seemed to possibly be the case that he was dismembered, screaming while still alive.


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Linda

Consulate, not embassy. Murder, Inc. in a consulate in Turkey.

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Janie

No doubt Trump is asking for pointers

How Trump can kill American journalists who keep reporting so much "fake news".

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bleusblue2

bob_cville

Clear undeniable proof that he was intentionally murdered in a pre-planned manner inside the Embassy and still it is not enough for Trump to do anything, I'm glad at least that it seems that Mr. Khashoggi was killed first and then dismembered, rather than what seemed to possibly be the case that he was dismembered, screaming while still alive.

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Yes -- he said, "I have asthma" he didn't realise their real intentions, thank goodness. When I read that I was relieved. I feel so angry though.

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Michele

At the time I remember being appalled. Once again. One of his first comments about the murder was to critique the saudi cover-up job. That is absolutely true. He’s a revolting example of a human being.

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