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Audio of Khashoggi’s Murder May Implicate Saudi Crown Prince

HeadlineNov 13, 2018

Details are emerging about the audio recordings that reportedly capture the last moments of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s life—and could directly implicate Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in his murder. A member of the Saudi kill team responsible for the assassination at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul reportedly can be heard saying on the phone, “tell your boss” and “the deed was done,” after Khashoggi was murdered. The call is believed to be between Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb—one of the Saudi agents at the consulate—and an aide to the crown prince. On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canadian intelligence officials had heard the recordings of Khashoggi’s death, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he’d shared the recordings with the U.S., France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and others. Meanwhile, a reporter from the Turkish daily, pro-government Sabah newspaper told Al Jazeera that Khashoggi’s final words, as heard on the recording were, “I’m suffocating. … Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic.”

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