The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has moved away from the headlines of newspapers and websites but Turkey is trying to ensure that it is not far away from the minds of people. In the latest development, a journalist with pro-government newspaper the Sabah has revealed excerpts from the audio recording that captured Khashoggi’s interrogation and subsequent death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
According to a report in the AlJazeera, the head of investigations at the Turkish daily said that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s last words were, “I'm suffocating ... Take this bag off my head, I'm claustrophobic." Nazif Karaman said the murder lasted for about seven minutes as Khashoggi was strangled with a plastic bag, according to the recordings.
Turkish authorities are also ending their search for the murdered journalist’s body even as they have accused the Saudi hit team of dismembering Khashoggi and then burning his body in acid. Traces of acid were found at the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul, where the body was believed to be disposed of with the use of chemicals.
Turkey has thoroughly investigated the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and has been instrumental in highlighting the journalist’s brutal killing by Saudi authorities. Turkish authorities have also regularly updated media organisations as the investigation has progressed.
This detail comes just a few days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that audio evidence related to Khashoggi's murder was shared with Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain.
Erdogan discussed the issue in Paris with US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron as world leaders congregated to mark the centenary of the declaration of the armistice of the World War One.
Erdogan has previously said that he believes the order to kill Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government.