14th October, 2018
There are indications that the puzzle surrounding the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may just soon be unraveled if the reports of a Turkish Daily is to be believed.
There are indications that the journalist may have recorded his own death as he turned on the recording function of his Apple Watch before walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October, 2018.
The privately-owned Sabah daily has been quoted by CNN as reporting that the moments of his “interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud.” These included the conversations of the men involved in the reported assassination.
The Daily is said to have reported that Security forces leading the investigation found the audio file inside the phone Khasshoggi left with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.
According to the Daily, “upon noticing the watch, Khashoggi’s assailants tried to unlock the Apple Watch with multiple password attempts, ultimately using the journalist’s fingerprint to unlock the smart watch. They were successful in deleting only some of the files.”
Investigations are however on-going to check whether it would have been technically possible for the journalist’s Apple phone to be able to transfer audio to his phone, which he had given to his fiancee before entering the consulate.
His fiancee, Cengiz who was waiting outside the consulate, says she did not see him re-emerge.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia Authorities firmly denies any involvement in his disappearance and says Khashoggi left the consulate that afternoon. In response to that claim, Turkey has called on Saudi officials to provide evidence that he left the consulate.
A statement in the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) published on Saturday morning however quoted the Saudi Arabia interior minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz as saying that reports suggesting that the Saudi government ordered the killing of Khashoggi were “lies and baseless allegations against the government of the Kingdom”
The Minister went on to say that “some media” have circulated “false accusations” regarding Khashoggi’s disappearance.
There are however indications that Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that showed Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate. The evidence, reportedly clearly showed there had been an assault and a struggle inside the consulate. There is also evidence of the moment that Khashoggi was killed, a source said.
Turkish security units analysed how Khashoggi’s reported killing unfolded with the use of a translator, according to Sabah.
The Daily also reported that investigation units were currently examining all cell phone and landline records from the consulate and the consul general’s residence on 2nd October, 2018
In the meantime, efforts to locate Khashoggi’s body are still on-going, Sabah reported.
It will be recalled that Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, went into the consulate to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancee. He hasn’t been seen in public since then.