A little electronic device could provide more clues about the sudden disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, who was last seen in Turkey.
Khashoggi, who has been declared missing for over a week, could have recorded his purported death with his Apple Watch, sources close to the investigation have told Turkish newspapers.
Security sources had on Friday claimed that they had both audio and video “proof” about the alleged torture and murder of Khashoggi, a citizen and prominent critic of Saudi Arabia at its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s economic capital.
The proof, according to the sources, is said to have emanated from the Apple Watch, whose recording function was switched on and synced with one of his phones he left with his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, Sabah newspaper reports.
The moments of his “interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud,” the private newspaper wrote in its Saturday edition.
The newspaper reported that upon noticing the watch, Khashoggi’s assailants tried to unlock the Apple Watch with multiple password attempts, ultimately using his fingerprint to unlock the smartwatch. They were successful in deleting only some of the files.
However, Turkey has not confirmed if it indeed screened through Khashoggi’s phones and found the files.
It is also unclear if it is technically feasible for Khashoggi’s Apple phone to transfer audio to his phone, which he had given to his fiancee before entering the consulate, CNN reports.
The new supposed evidence comes just as Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Interior Minister, vehemently denied claims that his country was involved in the murder of the journalist on a foreign soil.
According to Abdulaziz, the claims by Turkey are “lies and baseless allegations against the government of the Kingdom”, the state-run Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported on Saturday.