A Turkish journalist has described what he says were
Jamal Khashoggi’s last words.
According to Nazif Karaman, who works at Turkey’s
state-run Daily Sabah newspaper, Khashoggi said “I’m
suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I’m
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said
he had passed on an audio recording of Khashoggi’s death to the
US, the UK, France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.
Jamal Khashoggi’s last words were “I’m suffocating … Take this
bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic,” according to a Turkish
journalist who says he listened to audio of Khashoggi’s death
recorded at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Nazif Karaman, the head of investigations at Turkey’s state-run
Daily Sabah newspaper,
made the comments to Al Jazeera on Sunday. He said Khashoggi
suffocated after the Saudi journalist’s killers covered his head
with a plastic bag.
The killing lasted about seven minutes, Karaman said, citing the
Karaman said Khashoggi’s killers covered the floor of the
consulate with plastic bags before dismembering Khashoggi’s body,
which he said took 15 minutes.
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, for the first time last
month publicly said that Khashoggi was
strangled shortly after entering the consulate on October 2
and that his body was subsequently dismembered.
Karaman added that his newspaper, Sabah, would soon publish
images of the tools believed to be used by Saudi agents and some
of the audio of Khashoggi’s last moments.
The mysterious recording
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
on Saturday said he passed on the audio recordings to the US,
the UK, France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
on Monday said his country’s intelligence agents — who have
been working with their Turkish counterparts — had heard the
recording of Khashoggi’s death but he had not.
An unnamed senior German official
told The Washington Post that the head of Germany’s Federal
Intelligence Service listened to the recording during a trip to
Ankara, calling the footage “very convincing.” CIA Director Gina
heard the recording last month, The Post reported.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, however,
said that his country had not received the recording and that
Erdogan “has a political game to play in these circumstances.”
A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office told Business Insider she
would neither confirm nor deny Erdogan’s comments because it was
an intelligence matter.
A spokesman for the German chancellor’s office, the
Bundesregierung, told Business Insider in a statement there was
an “intelligence exchange” between German and Turkish
counterparts but declined to give more information.
Business Insider has contacted the Elysée Palace and the Saudi
Embassy in London for comment. The White House’s press office was
Turkey ends the search for Khashoggi’s body
The Turkish police are ending their search for Khashoggi’s body
but continuing their investigation into his death, Al Jazeera
reported, citing unnamed sources.
Turkish investigators reportedly believe that Khashoggi’s
remains may have been dissolved in acid.
Anonymous Saudi officials
repeatedly pushed a theory that Khashoggi’s body given to a
Turkish coconspirator but never revealed a name. Turkish
authorities reportedly do not believe this collaborator exists.
Riyadh has been trying to
distance its leadership, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, from the killing. In an op-ed article for The Post
earlier this month, Erdogan wrote: “We know that the order to
kill Khashoggi came from the
highest levels of the Saudi government.”