Jamal Khashoggi, MuBro Operative & al Qaeda Sympathyzer

According to intelligence officials cited by The Post, the recordings capture the moments before and during what they described as Mr Khashoggi’s violent death. The 59-year-old, a columnist for The Post, was allegedly killed at the hands of a team of Saudi security personnel flown by private jet into Turkey’s main city just hours before he was scheduled to arrive at the consulate to settle routine personal matters.

“The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,” The Post quotes a source as saying.

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

Turkey’s official Anatolia News Agency reported The Post‘s findings, but no official confirmed the existence of the recordings.

On Friday, 10 days after Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance, a team of Saudi officials, reportedly led by Prince Khalid al-Faisal, arrived in Ankara to meet Turkish counterparts seeking his whereabouts.

“A joint working team between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be formed to investigate the case of Jamal in all its aspects,” Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told reporters late Thursday.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Getty)

The case has rattled the region and shaken ties between the west and Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest exporter of oil and second largest importer of weapons. Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has strenuously denied the accusation it was behind Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance, its surrogates denouncing the allegations as “fake news.”

“False reports concerning the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fabricated by some agencies have not seemed realistic or reasonable,” the pro-regime al-Yaum newspaper said in an unsigned editorial Thursday. “The investigation of his disappearance, which has not been completed so far, could be enough to reveal many facts.”

Many have been unconvinced by the Saudi denials. Over the last few days, several large western firms and prominent figures announced they were pulling out of joint ventures and appearances with the Saudi leadership over the disappearance. Among them were The New York Times, Uber, and The Economist, along with Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, former energy secretary under President Barack Obama, is suspending his involvement advising Saudi Arabia on a $500 billion smart city project.

Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin (AP)
A graphic from the Turkish daily newspaper Sabah purports to identify the 15-member Saudi team allegedly involved in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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