Ankara, Oct 13: The highly controversial case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has taken an unprecedented turn as Turkey allegedly claims about having 'recordings' which shows the ordeal Khashoggi went through.
A Saudi delegation has arrived in Turkey for talks on the case with Riyadh and Ankara sharply at odds over how he disappeared last week from the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. As the controversy intensified, BBC reported Turkish officials had recordings made from inside the building that allegedly proved their claims that Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the consulate.
His case risks hurting not just fragile Turkish-Saudi relations but also damaging the image of the kingdom and its ties to the West as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman promotes a reform drive at home.
Saudi journalist and The Washington Post contributor Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. Turkish government sources say police believe he was killed inside the consulate but Riyadh denies that.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its account that Khashoggi left safely.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national living in the US since September 2017 fearing arrest, criticized some policies of Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.
BBC reported the Turkish government has told US officials it has audio and video recordings which show how Khashoggi was "interrogated, tortured and then murdered" inside the consulate before his body was dismembered. (UNI)