Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi spent his last moments begging for a plastic bag to be removed from his head, according to a Turkish investigative journalist. The murder lasted for about seven minutes.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Nazif Karaman, the head of investigations at the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper, cited audio recordings of Khashoggi's final words as he was being murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
I'm suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I'm claustrophobic.
According to Karaman, the recordings indicate that it took the killers about seven minutes to choke Khashoggi to death with a plastic bag placed over his head.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said an audio of Khashoggi's gruesome murder had been shared with Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, France and Germany. Ankara has been claiming it has had the recording since the beginning of October, when the killing took place.