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'I can't breathe': Saudi journalist Khashoggi's last words

Saudi Arabia Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his killers "I can't breathe" during his last minutes in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to CNN reported.

Quoting a source who said they had read the full translated transcript of an audio recording, CNN said Journalist Jamal Khashoggi recognised one of the men, General Maher Mutreb, who told him: "You are coming back".

Khashoggi replied: "You can't do that...people are waiting outside."

His Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz sat tight for quite a long time outside the office on Oct. 2 and, when he didn't return, reached Turkish authorities about his disappearance.

According CNN, there was no further dialogue in the moderately short transcript, arranged by Turkish authorities.

As individuals set upon Khashoggi, he began fighting for air, repeating, "I can't breathe" at least three times.

The transcript then used singular words to describe the noises, including "scream", "gasping", "saw", and "cutting". Turkish sources said to Reuters a bone saw was used to dismember the journalist.

The transcript incorporated no further notice of returning Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, and no sign that he had been drugged - as Saudi Arabia's open prosecutor said in November.

One of the voices was identified in the transcript by Turkish experts as Dr. Salah al-Tubaigy, a forensic expert specialised in autopsies attached to the Saudi Ministry of Interior, CNN announced. 

Tubaigy advises others to put in headphones or tune in to music like him, the CNN source said. 

Mutreb, a senior intelligence officer who is a part of the security group of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, called authorities and gave well ordered subtleties of the task, CNN announced, finally saying: "Tell yours, the thing is done, it's done".

Turkish authorities said a week ago that the Istanbul investigator's office had finished up there was "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani, a best helper to Prince Mohammed, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who filled in as deputy head of foreign intelligence, were among the planners of Khashoggi's killing.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no earlier knowledge of the murder. In the wake of offering various contradictory explanations, Riyadh later said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when arrangements to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Saudi Arabia has come under scrutiny as details of his killing came to light. Making a portion of their most grounded accusations so far, both U.S. Republicans and Democrats said last week they want to pass legislation to send a message to Saudi Arabia that the United States condemns the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.

A Turkish authority said that by removing all suspects to Turkey, the Saudi authorities can address the worldwide network's concerns.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday ruled out their extradition. "We don't extradite our citizens," he said at a Gulf Arab summit in Riyadh.

A month ago, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor's office said is seeking the death penalty for five individuals, and that 11 of 21 suspects have been indicted and will be referred to court in Saudi Arabia.

Source: arabtimesonline

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