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"They Cut Him up While He Was Still Alive": Grisly Details of Saudi Journalist Killing Emerge

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Khashoggi

By Tyler Durden  /  ZeroHedge

Update (12 pm ET): Speaking again on the subject of Khashoggi, President Trump emphasized the importance of maintaining the US’s business relationship with the Saudis, and added that the public would hear the full story of what happened by “the end of the week.” Trump added that the US “needs Saudi Arabia’s help” in the fight against terrorism. Trump also said he has requested the audio tapes that the Turkish government claims to have which should prove that Khashoggi was murdered “if they exist.”

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Meanwhile, after his meeting with Turkish officials in Ankara, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to speculate about whether Khashoggi was alive or dead.

“I don’t want to talk about any of the facts. They didn’t want to either,” Pompeo said. 

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Update (8 am ET): Speaking with reporters during his trip to Turkey, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated his comments about the Saudis promising a “thorough, transparent” investigation that will be conducted “in a timely fashion.”

Per Bloomberg:

“They told me they were going to conduct a thorough, complete, transparent investigation” and made a commitment to holding anyone connected to any wrongdoing accountable, Pompeo told reporters Wednesday as he headed to Turkey, where the journalist was last seen entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

Nobody from the Trump administration has responded to the latest explosive allegations about Khashoggi’s death, though it’s worth noting that Turkish officials who have spurred claims about Saudi’s role in Khashoggi’s disappearance haven’t produced any tangible evidence – though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised a “thorough” investigation.

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While President Trump would love it if the Western media, along with prominent executives in tech and finance, would buy Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s claims that he had “no knowledge” of the confrontation at the Saudis’ consulate in Istanbul that’s believed to have precipitated the killing of insider-turned-Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, yet more evidence has emerged this morning to contradict the official Saudi narrative.

Trial balloons floated by the kingdom in the Western press, as well as Trump’s own suggestions, point to “rogue operatives”, but in a story published last night, the New York Times managed to corroborate Turkish officials’ claims that several suspected members of the 15-man ‘hit squad’ have been directly linked with MbS.

And now, in what has been billed as the first glimpse of the grisly circumstances of Khashoggi’s murder, the Middle East Eyeand the Wall Street Journal have reported that “it took seven minutes for Khashoggi to die.”

But in what was probably the most gruesome details from the report, MEM reported that Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who was identified by the Times and other media outlets as an “autopsy expert” whose presence cuts against Saudis’ suggestions that the killing wasn’t premeditated, started cutting Khashoggi’s body into pieces while the journalist was unconscious, but still breathing. Previously, Khashoggi had been knocked unconscious after being injected with a mysterious substance.

MEM attributed its information to a person who had listened to the Turkish government’s recording of the murder (its agents had apparently bugged the Saudi consulate, which is unsurprising given the tense relations between the two Muslim powers that only deteriorated during last year’s Qatari crisis). That recording, which hasn’t been publicly shared, has served as the basis for dozens of media reports about Khashoggi’s death. According to this source, after arriving at the consulate, Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul into his study next door, before being pinned down on the table and injected with an unknown substance. During the attack, horrifying screams were heard by witnesses.

After Khashoggi had been knocked unconscious (never to awaken again), al-Tubaigy put on his headphones and started the grim process of dismembering the body with a bone saw.

Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source said. The killing took seven minutes, the source said.

As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.

“When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too,” Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the source told MEE.

A three-minute version of the audio tape has been given to Turkish newspaper Sabah, but they have yet to release it.

A Turkish source told the New York Times that Tubaigy was equipped with a bone saw. He is listed as the president of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and a member of the Saudi Association for Forensic Pathology.

Later, the NYT reported that the hit squad cut off Khashoggi’s fingers while he was still conscious during an interrogation where he was also beaten and tortured before being dragged into another room where they finished butchering him.

According to WSJ, voices on the tapes can be heard asking the Saudi consul to leave his office before the hit squad murdered Khashoggi. The consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, departed Turkey for Riyadh Tuesday afternoon after the Saudis, in a sudden reversal, denied Turkey’s requests to search Otaibi’s residence, saying his home was off limits to investigators.

When Otaibi objected to the killing happening in his office, he was told to shut up “if he wanted to live.”

“Do this outside. You will put me in trouble,” Mr. al-Otaibi, the consul, told them, according to the Turkish official and the report in Yeni Safak, both citing audio recordings said to have been obtained by Turkish intelligence.

“If you want to live when you come back to Arabia, shut up,” one of the agents replied, according to both the official and the newspaper.

“Horrendous tortures were committed on Khashoggi, who came to the consulate for documents,” the Yeni Safak account said.

Should other media organizations confirm these reports (which has become a pattern since Khashoggi disappeared into the consulate on Oct. 2 after being asked to return to pick up a marriage license), calls for sanctions, an arms sales ban - or even the deposing of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could grow louder.

But while MbS remains ensconced in his protective shield of power, those directly involved in the killing have good reason to be afraid. The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for the lifting of diplomatic immunity for any facilities and persons tied to the killing, which means that, even if Saudi Arabia gives its nominal “rogue operatives” a pass, extradition requests from Turkey or another UN member would greatly increase their chances of arrest.

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-17/they-cut-him-while-he-was-still-alive-grisly-details-saudi-journalists-killing

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    • Freeus

      Whatever happened to just killing the guy in a dark doorway. Why go through such an elaborate amount of trouble? Something does not add up this seems to be done to frame a country.

      • DK

        Normal does not apply to Salman.

    • unidentified

      i really thought his disappearance was faked for propaganda purposes but now after reading these newest stories it looks very much like ‘someone’ was tortured killed and dismembered and sent to hell in multiple boxes

    • Guitarilla

      “Rogue operatives” (guys off the street) will be rounded up and shot and that will be the end of it.

    • Guitarilla

      “Rogue operatives”, (guys off the street) will be rounded up and executed and that will be the end of it.

    • huge_juan

      “They Cut Him Up While He Was Still Alive” LolL isn’t that what journalists do to people they attack.

    • Slimey

      Khashoggi wasn’t a nice guy either. But this is a barbaric Democrap type of assassination. :twisted:

    • nomorelabels

      Saudi Barbaria just doing what they do best…and to think they are considered a US ally and that we actually sell them billions in weapons.

      They do worse things than the other countries we demonize like Iran and Syria, etc., yet so few ever dare wonder why.

      Oppressive, tyrannical regime and because they have oil, they get their asses kissed.

    • huge_juan

      Happy Halloween asshoggi.

    • jdpent01

      crime flood gates are closing with arrest.

    • Isaiah43v11

      The House of Saud are crypto Jews

      In addition to that revealed in the Hempher Memoirs, the Iraqi intelligence report also makes known some surprising claims, derived from works circulated in Arabic which have not been translated into English. As the report recounts, both Abdul Wahhab, and his sponsor, ibn Saud, who founded the Saudi dynasty, were of Jewish origin.

      For example, D. Mustafa Turan wrote, in The Donmeh Jews, that Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab was a descendant of a family of Donmeh Jews from Turkey. The Donmeh were descendants of followers of the infamous false-messiah of Judaism, Shabbetai Zevi, who shocked the Jewish world in 1666 by converting to Islam.

      http://www.philosophers-stone.co.uk/?p=17087

    • sarah

      To some the murder of Khashoggi seems to have been carried out by those possessed with a special kind of evil.

      Sadistic demons.

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