A Turkish newspaper yesterday published what it said were details from audio recordings that purported to document Saudi journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi's torture and interrogation.
Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, Yeni Safak said. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said.
The New York Times cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak. Two Turkish government officials contacted by Reuters declined to confirm the report.
Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul's residence yesterday after delays. Their search included the roof and garage, and employed a drone to surveil the premises. The consul-general had left Turkey for Riyadh on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkey's president and foreign minister yesterday to discuss the Khashoggi case, a day after he held talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia.
Seven US and European security officials also told Reuters that Turkey was yet to share with the US government or key European allies graphic audio or video evidence it allegedly collected on Khashoggi's visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Two weeks after Khashoggi's disappearance on October 2, the US and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.
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