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Turkey says it has recordings to prove journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Post reports

Istanbul, Turkey - Protestors demonstrate at the entrance of Saudi Arabia consulate over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on October 9, 2018, in Istanbul. The journalist disappeared a week ago after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate to obtain paperwork required for marriage to his Turkish fiancee. Turkish officials have alleged he was killed in the compound while Saudi officials say he left the building unharmed. (Depo Photos/Zuma Press/TNS)

SYDNEY, Australia — The Turkish government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video recordings that prove columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month, The Washington Post reported, citing unidentified U.S. and Turkish officials.

Recordings show a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi — a contributor to the Post — in the consulate before killing him and dismembering his body, the Post reported. The well-known former Saudi insider had walked into the consulate on Oct. 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding and hasn’t been seen since.

Turkish officials have said he was killed inside the consulate, a claim the Saudi government has vehemently denied.

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic,” the Post quoted one person with knowledge of the recording, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, as saying. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate the disappearance of the journalist, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities.

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Trump has said Khashoggi’s disappearance was “a terrible thing and it certainly would not be a positive” for U.S.-Saudi relations, but added that he didn’t want to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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