Report: Khashoggi's Head Was Removed. But First, His Fingers - Page 2

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

  • Khashoggi was beheaded, then his body dismembered, the official told the Times. Putting on headphones, a doctor of forensics advised others to do the same, claiming music made the work easier, the official said. Like the Yeni Safak report, the official cited audio recordings said to have been obtained by Turkey.
  • After noting Tuesday that the US should "be smart" to avoid losing a "$110 billion order" for arms from Saudi Arabia, per the Journal, President Trump said Wednesday he had requested access to the audio—if there is audio. "We've asked for it, if it exists," the AP quotes Trump as saying, with him later adding, "I'm not sure yet that it exists."
  • But as Turkish police searched al-Otaibi's residence in Istanbul, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he'd be patient. It's "reasonable to give [the Saudis] a handful of days more to complete [their investigation] so they get it right," he said, per CBS News.
  • The AP reports it's unclear what crime-scene technicians are looking for at al-Otaibi's home, though surveillance footage showed diplomatic cars traveling between there and the consulate about two hours after Khashoggi arrived.
(Read more Jamal Khashoggi stories.)

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