Jefferson Morley | September 11, 2019
Turkish Paper Publishes Saudi Hit Squad’s Gruesome Conversations During Khashoggi’s Murder
The conversations recorded prior to and during the Oct. 2, 2018 murder of the dissident journalist at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate were obtained by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) right after the gruesome incident, and were shared with related Turkish authorities carrying out an investigation into the incident, as well as with international officials and institutions.
One of the recordings of the conversations between Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, the number two man of the hit squad, and Dr Dr. Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy, the head of Forensic Evidence at the Saudi General Security Department
Mutreb: Is it possible to put the body in a bag?
Al-Tubaigy: No. Too heavy, very tall too. Actually, I’ve always worked on cadavers. I know how to cut very well. I have never worked on a warm body though, but I’ll also manage that easily. I normally put on my earphones and listen to music when I cut cadavers. In the meantime, I sip on my coffee and smoke. After I dismember it, you will wrap the parts into plastic bags, put them in suitcases and take them out (of the building).
Al-Tubaigy is also heard saying: “My superior at the Forensic Evidence does not know what I’m doing. There is no one to protect me,” in efforts to ask for protection in the vertical hierarchy going right up to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the responsibility of dismembering Khashoggi’s body.