A report has emerged that there are audio and video recordings of how Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi journalist was “interrogated, tortured and then murdered” inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before his body was dismembered.
The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a columnist before his ill-fated journey to Istanbul last week, reported that the recordings were in the hands of Turkish officials.
According to the newspaper, Turkey has informed the U.S. government about its possession of the smoking gun.
Turkish officials refused to comment on the veracity of the report, the AFP reported.
Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.
The report about the video came as Saudi Arabia dismissed on Saturday accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as “lies and baseless allegations”.
“What has been reported on the matter of orders to kill him is a lie and a baseless allegation,” the minister said in comments carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
He added that the kingdom was “in compliance with international laws and conventions”.
A Saudi delegation has arrived in Turkey for talks on the case, as Riyadh and Ankara spat over the journalist’s fate.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its account that Khashoggi left the consulate safely.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national living in the US since September 2017 fearing arrest, criticised some policies of Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh’s intervention in the war in Yemen.