Turkey Obtains Recordings of Khashoggi's Murder

Turkey has obtained recordings indicating that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish  newspaper reported on Saturday.

The recordings were made on his Apple Watch which synced with his iPhone being carried outside the consulate by Khashoggi's finacee, the pro-government Sabah daily reported.

"The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple Watch's memory," the paper said. 

Senior Turkish officials have previously been quoted as saying that Khashoggi was wearing a black Apple watch when he entered the consulate and that it was connected to a mobile phone he left outside.

Sabah cited "reliable sources in a special intelligence department" as saying that Khashoggi is believed to have turned on the recording feature on the phone before entering the consulate.

According to the paper, Saudi intelligence agents had realized after the killing that the phone was recording and they used Khashoggi finger print to unlock it, deleting some files but not all of them.

The recordings were subsequently found on his phone, the paper said.

On Thursday, a Saudi delegation including senior royal Prince Khaled al-Faisal arrived in Turkey and the two sides agreed to form a joint working group at Riyadh's initiative to investigate the case.

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif on Friday praised the joint investigation with Turkey as he broke a deafening silence on the murder, condemning what he called "lies and baseless allegations" against the kingdom.

"What has been circulating about orders to kill him are lies and baseless allegations," he was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying in a statement. 

According to Turkish sources, the initial assessment of the police is that Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi regime, has been deliberately killed inside the consulate.

Former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan told CBS News Friday he was "95 percent certain" that Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi.

"I have seen no explanation from the Saudis as to how we could see video of Jamal going into the consulate, but not coming out," said Jordan.

"Their explanation that their closed circuit TV is only a live feed and not recording makes no sense at all and would be absurd in terms of security tradecraft."

Asked if he had any reason to doubt reports that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, Jordan replied, "I'd say it's about 95 percent certain."

Khashoggi, a Virginia-based critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 for some paperwork regarding his divorce, but never exited the mission.

News of his disappearance broke out after Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée, who was waiting outside the diplomatic building, called the police.

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