Jamal Khashoggi's killers called him a 'sacrificial animal' and joked about having 'a coffee and cigar on hand' to butcher his body, according to a grim new account of his death

Business Insider | 10/25/2018 | Sahar Esfandiari
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A new BBC "Panorama" documentary reveals secret tapes recorded from inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on the day of outspoken Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

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The audio recordings reveal grim details of what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the consulate and the conversations of the hit squad sent to kill him, as described by two UN officials who heard the tapes.

His killers call him a "sacrificial animal" and joke about having "a coffee and cigar on hand" moments before his grim murder, the officials told the BBC.

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The UN's official investigation, published in June, found that Khashoggi was likely drugged with sedatives and suffocated with a plastic bag.

The full documentary releases later on Monday.

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Secret tapes that document Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder recorded his killers calling him a "sacrificed animal" and joking about having "a coffee and cigar on hand" while butchering bodies, according to a new BBC "Panorama" documentary.

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Khashoggi, an outspoken journalist who wrote for The Washington Post, died at the hands of Saudi agents inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.

The Saudi consulate had been bugged by Turkish authorities, and the tapes recorded the grim murder and the killers' conversations that took place around the planned operation, the BBC reported, citing two people who heard the recordings.


'Has the sacrificial animal arrived?'

Included in the tapes is a phone conversation which took place between Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, the man believed to have organized the operation, and Salah Muhammed Al Tubaigy, the forensic pathologist tasked with cutting up Khashoggi's body after the murder, according to the BBC.

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The conversation took place as Khashoggi was walking toward the consulate, Baroness Helena Kennedy, a British lawyer who took part in the UN investigation into the journalist's murder, told the...
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