As the disappearance over Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to rattle the international media, it has now been alleged that he was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul.
The Turkish officials said that they had heard audio recordings to this effect.
Khashoggi’s alleged killers tortured the journalist during interrogation by cutting his fingers off, one of the Turkish official Yeni Safak said, claiming it had heard multiple recordings of the incident.
Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate for official documents ahead of his upcoming wedding to his Turkish fiancee.
While Turkish police believe he was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials, Riyadh has dismissed such claims as baseless.
It need be mentioned that on Monday, CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that Khashoggi’s death resulted from a botched interrogation.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday arrived in Ankara from Riyadh for talks with the Turkish leadership saying Saudi Arabia had promised a full investigation into the case.>