By Eric King-
A transcript of a tape recording of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s final minutes has been leaked to the Turkish media, it has been sensationally revealed. in which one of the alleged killers is heard calling him a “traitor”.
The 11-minute audio, revealed for the first time, on Monday evening by Turkish news website Haberturk is circulating fast in media circles. One of the killers is heard calling Khashoggi a traitor. The report states that Khashoggi can be heard saying:
“Let my hand go. Who do you think you are? Why are you doing this?” the report quotes Khashoggi as saying, as several members of an alleged 15-man “hit squad” accost him as soon as he enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.
“You traitor! Your day of judgment has come!” a man alleged to be Maher Mutreb, the suspected oordinator of the mission who worked for some time in the kingdom’s embassy in London, is quoted as replying to the Washington Post columnist
Khashoggi and four members of the squad can be heard quarreling for at least seven minutes before the audio goes quiet.
The report adds that a later recording captures another “hitman”, Mustafa al-Madani, who was used as a body double to Khashoggi, saying: “It’s really creepy that I am wearing the clothes of someone who was killed minutes ago.”
He is also reportedly heard saying that Khashoggi’s shoes are too tight for his feet. In CCTV video footage taken from the back entrance of the consulate Madani is seen several hours after the murder wearing Khashoggi’s clothes but with his own trainers.
The tapes have been leaked by the Turkish government to a number of local media outlets, however none have published the reportedly gruesome audio.
Devlet Bahceli, a politician in Turkey’s main nationalist party, warned on Tuesday that “the circle is tightening” around Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman