Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi journalist ‘had fingers torn off one by one’ as ‘consul tells hitmen: “Do this outside”‘
Mr Khashoggi vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2 – here’s all we know so far about the case
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Saudi royal family on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.
- But afterward he refused to talk to the press about the facts of the case.
- Pompeo wouldn’t say whether Khashoggi is alive or dead, and said the Saudis didn’t want to talk about it either.
- Pompeo said the Saudis would investigate and hold themselves accountable, but Saudi’s royal family is notoriously opaque.
- It’s not clear whether the public will ever get any evidence of what happened beyond Saudi Arabia’s word.
… and more details have emerged of the grizzly and gruesome ‘murder’ of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi;
Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had his fingers ripped off before he was decapitated by a 15-strong hit squad, it is claimed.
Mr Khashoggi, 60, a critic of the Saudi leadership, was last seen entering the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.
Once inside, he is said to have been tortured by the squad – allegedly including a ‘Dr Death’ and a man with ties to the Saudi Crown Prince.
He had his fingers brutally torn off as his killers spent seven minutes murdering him and dismembering his body, media reports claim.
Pompeo, like President Donald Trump, has put faith in the Saudi royal family to investigate themselves regarding Khashoggi’s disappearance.
While Pompeo said the Saudis would conduct a “thorough” investigation and hold any guilty parties completely accountable, he flat out shut down any conversation of the facts of the case.
Asked point blank if Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, was alive or dead, Pompeo said: “I don’t want to talk about any of the facts. They [the Saudis] didn’t either.”
Turkish officials spoke to several media outlets on Tuesday, claiming to have audio tapes that capture Saudi officials taking part in the gruesome torture-murder of Khashoggi.