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Audio: ‘Has The Animal To Be Sacrificed Arrived’, Khashoggi’s Killers Ask Before Hacking Journalist To Death

The chilling transcript of the audio of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, has been released by a Turkish paper. The audio details happenings before and after Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey’s capital.

The journalist had been at the consulate on October 2, 2018 to obtain a wedding certificate before he was butchered and his body taken away in suitcases.

In the audio, a 15-man hit squad had been preparing to do as they were instructed. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, the number two man of the hit squad; and Dr. Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy, the head of Forensic Evidence at the Saudi General Security Department who was in charge of dismembering Khashoggi’s body, are stamped 1:02 p.m., just 12 minutes before Khashoggi arrived at the consulate building to complete marriage procedures.

At 1:14pm, Mutreb is heard asking if “the animal to be sacrificed has arrived”, to which he is answered in the affirmative.

Khashoggi, upon his arrival, was led into the office of Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi.

As soon as Khashoggi enters the room, Mutreb says: “Please sit. We have to take you back [to Riyadh]. There is an order from Interpol. Interpol demanded you be returned. We are here to take you.” To which Khashoggi responds: “There are no lawsuits against me. My fiancée is waiting outside for me.”

At 1:22 p.m. Mutreb asks Khashoggi whether he has any mobile phones on him. Khashoggi responds with “I have two mobile phones.” Mutreb asks “which brand” and Khashoggi says “iPhone.”

Following these conversations in the last 10 minutes leading up to Khashoggi’s death, the dialogue goes:

Mutreb: Leave a message for your son.

Khashoggi: What should I tell my son?

Mutreb: You will write a message, let’s rehearse; show it to us.

Khashoggi: What should I say, ‘see you soon’?

Unidentified hit squad member: Cut it short.

Mutreb: You will write something like ‘I’m in Istanbul. Don’t worry if you cannot reach me.’

Khashoggi: I shouldn’t say kidnapped.

Unidentified hit squad member: Take your jacket off.

Khashoggi: How can such a thing take place at a consulate? I’m not writing anything.

Unidentified hit squad member: Cut it short.

Khashoggi: I’m not writing anything.

Mutreb: Write it, Mr. Jamal. Hurry up. Help us so we can help you, because in the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don’t help us you know what will happen eventually.

Khashoggi: There is a towel here. Will you have me drugged?

Al-Tubaigy: We will put you to sleep.

After he was drugged, Khashoggi says “do not keep my mouth closed” before losing his consciousness.

“I have asthma. Do not do it, you will suffocate me.” These were Khashoggi’s last words.

His killers had already put on a plastic bag over his head, and he would eventually be suffocated to death. Scuffling and struggling then dominate the recordings, with occasional questions and directives from the hit squad heard in between.

“Is he asleep?” “He’s raising his head,” “keep pushing,” “push it well.”

Before Khashoggi gives his final breath, scuffling and suffocation sounds continue for a while. Then the postmortem phase begins, which includes sounds of dismembering Khashoggi’s body.

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