Turkey has audio of Saudi writer’s killing, reports say

Blanche Robertson
October 13, 2018

A TechCrunch fact-checker report stated: "But even if Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate wearing that model, a third-generation Apple Watch (which Khashoggi was pictured wearing) does not support cellular connections in Turkey, effectively ruling out any chance that his health data synced either with his iPhone outside or Apple's servers".

The Washington Post columnist, who lived in self-imposed exile in the U.S., wrote a critical piece about Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman before he vanished.

TRT World sources deny Jamal Khashoggi's Apple Watch is part of the investigation into his disappearance after Turkish newspaper Sabah reported on Saturday the Saudi journalist may have recorded his own torture and murder at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

While Saudi officials contend that Khashoggi went missing after exiting the building, the incident smells bad enough for some foreign executives to distance themselves from business ties to the Gulf country.

The list of people who are preparing to head for the exits now includes Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, and Uber chief executive Dara Khasrowshahi, according to a report in The Financial Times on Friday.

Turkish officials have not answered queries from The Associated Press about Khashoggi's Apple Watch. It echoes how Russian Federation has described the men who allegedly carried out the Novichok nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury, England, in March.

Meanwhile, the Saudi interior minister maintained that the allegations that there were orders to kill Kashoggi are "baseless lies".

Major U.S. defence contractors have expressed concern to the Trump administration that lawmakers angered by Khashoggi's disappearance will block further arms deals with Riyadh.

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'We're going to find out what happened, ' Trump pledged Friday when questioned by reporters.

No details of the conversation were released.

She said investigators were examining his phones, which he had left with her.

In written responses to questions by the AP, Cengiz said Turkish authorities had not told her about any recordings and Khashoggi was officially "still missing".

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Turkish presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday that a joint working team between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be formed to investigate the case in all its aspects.

Khashoggi, who was considered close to the Saudi royal family, had become a critic of the current government and Prince Mohammed, the 33-year-old heir apparent who has shown little tolerance for criticism.

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

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