Report: Khashoggi's Head Was Removed. But First, His Fingers

Senior Turkish official confirms gruesome report of Khashoggi slaying
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2018 1:22 PM CDT
Updated Oct 17, 2018 2:47 PM CDT
Turkish police are seen at the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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(Newser) – A senior Turkish official on Wednesday confirmed gruesome details published by a pro-government Turkish newspaper about the alleged slaying of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The official tells the New York Times that a team of 15 Saudi agents were waiting for the Washington Post columnist when he arrived around 1:15pm on Oct. 2, expecting to receive paperwork for his planned marriage. The official said Khashoggi was beaten and tortured almost immediately after he was taken to the office of the Saudi consul general, Mohammed al-Otaibi, who's reportedly heard on an audio recording of the slaying. Khashoggi—who was also drugged, per the Wall Street Journal—was dead within minutes, but not before his fingers were cut off, the official said. More:

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