iWatch and phone at heart of Turkey's Khashoggi investigation

iWatch and phone at heart of Turkey's Khashoggi investigation
The Saudi dissident was wearing a black Apple smart watch when he entered the Saudi consulate last Tuesday and has not been seen since.
2 min read
10 October, 2018
The Apple watch on display after its release [Getty]
Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was wearing a black Apple watch and left his two mobile phones with his fiancée outside the Saudi consulate before he entered and was not seen leaving, objects that are now at the heart of Turkey's investigation into his possible murder.

"We have determined that it was on him when he walked into the consulate," a security official told Reuters.

An Apple Watch can provide location data as well as heart rate. Other information can be relayed depending on whether it was synchronised to an iPhone.

Separately, Wednesday's Reuters investigation reported that a Saudi source said British intelligence believed that an attempt to drug Khashoggi culminated in an overdose.

On Tuesday, the New York Times published an explosive story that Saudi Arabia's top leadership ordered the assassinaton of Khashoggi.

The Saudi journalist and dissident, who has penned articles critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies in the Arab and Western press, vanished a week ago.

Camera footage outside the consulate shows Khashoggi entering but not leaving the premises. 

Saudi Arabia claimed the CCTV cameras were not working on Tuesday, to explain their inability to provide video evidence that Khashoggi left the consular building.

At the same time, 15 suspected Saudi operatives who visited Istanbul on the day Khashoggi vanished and left that same day appear to have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Saudi Arabia.

One of the men is reportedly a forensics expert, while others are part of the military or had close links to Saudi Arabia's ruling inner-circle.

Tuesday's Times' article said Khashoggi's body was dismembered with a "bone saw" brought over from Saudi Arabia for that purpose. 

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