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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I listen to music when I cut people - Saudi security department official says in released audio transcripts of Jamal Khashoggi's murder

An audio transcripts of moment Jamal Khashoggi was killed by a Saudi Arabian hit squad at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, has been released after being uncovered by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and made available to Turkish Daily Sahbah.

Recall that Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post contributor who was living in the United States, had gone to his country's consulate in Turkey on October 2, 2018 to collect documents for his planned wedding before he was killed and his body dismembered.

The detailed audio conversations between the known critic of Saudi Arabia's government and members of the 15-man hit squad before his assassination, revealed he was greeted by a familiar face before being pulled into a room.

He was first invited to the office of the Consul-General, Mohammad al-Otaibi, which was on the second floor of the building. However after he started getting suspicious and said, “let me go, what do you think you’re doing?”, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a senior Saudi intelligence officer and the bodyguard of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said "Please sit. We have to take you back [to Riyadh]."

"There is an order from Interpol. Interpol demanded you be returned. We are here to take you," Mutreb added.

Khashoggi responded: "There are no lawsuits against me. My fiancee is waiting outside for me."

In the last 10 minutes before he was killed, Mutreb asked Khashoggi to "leave a message for your son, tell him not to worry if he can't reach you". Following these conversations in the last 10 minutes leading up to Khashoggi's death, the dialogue goes:

Mutreb: Leave a message for your son.

Khashoggi: What should I tell my son?

Mutreb: You will write a message, let's rehearse; show it to us.

Khashoggi: What should I say, 'see you soon'?

Unidentified hit squad member: Cut it short.

Mutreb: You will write something like 'I'm in Istanbul. Don't worry if you cannot reach me.'

Khashoggi: I shouldn't say kidnapped.

Unidentified hit squad member: Take your jacket off.

Khashoggi: How can such a thing take place at a consulate? I'm not writing anything.

Unidentified hit squad member: Cut it short.

Khashoggi: I'm not writing anything.

Mutreb: Write it, Mr. Jamal. Hurry up. Help us so we can help you, because in the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don't help us you know what will happen eventually.

Khashoggi: There is a towel here. Will you have me drugged?

Al-Tubaigy: We will put you to sleep.

After he was drugged, Khashoggi says "do not keep my mouth closed" before losing his consciousness.

"I have asthma. Do not do it, you will suffocate me." These were Khashoggi's last words.

His killers had already put on a plastic bag on his head, and he would eventually be suffocated to death. Scuffling and struggling then dominate the recordings, with occasional questions and directives from the hit squad heard in between.

"Is he asleep?" "He's raising his head," "keep pushing," "push it well."

Before Khashoggi gives his final breath, scuffling and suffocation sounds continue for a while. Then the postmortem phase begins, which include sounds of dismembering Khashoggi's body.

At exactly 1:39 p.m., the sound of an autopsy saw is heard. This savage procedure lasts half an hour.

Daily Sabah also shared transcripts of the conversation of the hitmen before Khashoggi was killed. In the audio recorded minutes before Khashoggi entered the consulate building, Mutreb asked whether it will "be possible to put the trunk in a bag".

In response, Salah Mohammed Abdah Tubaigy, a well-known Saudi forensics doctor, replied: "No. Too heavy, very tall, too."

He added: "Actually, I've always worked on cadavers. I know how to cut very well. I have never worked on a warm body though, but I'll also manage that easily.

"I normally put on my earphones and listen to music when I cut cadavers. In the meantime, I sip on my coffee and smoke. After I dismember it, you will wrap the parts into plastic bags, put them in suitcases and take them out [of the building]."

While 11 unnamed suspects have been charged by the Saudi authorities over Khashoggi's murder, including five who could face the death penalty on charges of "ordering and committing the crime", US' CIA investigation claimed that the Crown Prince Mohammed, Mohammed bin Salam ordered the killing. Officials in Riyadh however denied the allegation.

However months after the murder which marred the public image of the crown prince generated worldwide concern, Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia gave Khashoggi's four children "million-dollar houses" and "monthly five-figure payments" as compensation for the killing of their father.

''I cried like a baby'' Nigerian men recount how they felt watching their wives weep as they gave birth to their children in the hospital

Nigerian men have taken to Twitter to share how they felt watching their wives give birth to their children in the hospital. The men all recounted how they were terrified and cried profusely seeing their wives in so much pain as they birthed their baby.

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“His services are no longer needed at the White House” - President Trump fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

President Donald Trump has fired his national security adviser John Bolton, saying that he "strongly disagreed with many of his suggestions."

Trump made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, September 10, saying he ordered John to resign and will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.

....I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019

I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019

The tweet comes just one hour after the White House press office announced that Bolton was scheduled to make an appearance at a Tuesday press briefing alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Minutes after Trump's announcement, Bolton tweeted: "I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"

APC repaid me with evil - Rochas Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha, the immediate past Imo State governor has lamented how he was badly treated by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party, he alleged, repaid his courage and sacrifices with evil in the south east. The Imo West Senator challenged the current administration in the state to investigate his eight years in office, saying no government in the state can beat his records of achievement as governor.

Okorocha, whose election was upheld on Monday, expressed sadness that the party he helped nurture in the south east would pay him back in what he described as evil way by suspending him from the party.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Okorocha who insisted that he still remains a member of the APC, said the party may go into extinction when President Muhammadu Buhari exits.

Commenting on his political battles as governor, Okorocha said he suffered a lot of attacks and almost lost the election in 2015 for sharing the same political platform with Buhari.

“Unlike other governors from the north that rode on the name Muhammadu Buhari to power, the name Buhari had a negative effect on my campaign for second term. But I was determined to overcome that because I knew what we stand to gain. But today, the same party says they are suspending me,” he stated.

Reacting to allegations of misappropriation funds during his tenure as the governor of Imo state, Okorocha said that apart from leaving a whooping N45.5 billion in state coffers, he will challenge anyone who can beat his record of development projects. He blamed his travails on some unnamed top leaders of the APC whom he accused of conniving with opposition elements in Imo state to try to undermine him politically and ensure that he was not available for the inauguration of the National Assembly and the election of principal officers.

He said: “If anything, the party repaid me evil for good. There was no challenge I did not face or bad name I was not called in my state. They brought in people who fought me when I was building the party at state level to fight me over the control of the party.

“I don’t want to talk about it but my party did not treat me well. I have never thought of leaving the party but what happens next will be determined by time. My only worry is that the party may disappear with the exit of President Buhari if the ongoing injustices are not addressed”.

Speaking on the ongoing investigations by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) especially the various allegations of maladministration levelled against him by Governor Emeka Ihedioha, the Senator said he believed he had not done anything wrong to warrant such treatment.

He said that at present the anti -graft agency is investigating three of his organizations, including Eastern Palm University and Rochas Foundation Schools, adding that as far as he was concerned the Imo state governor was only chasing shadows.

According to him: “I have thrown a challenge to any bank who feels that I have borrowed money from it on behalf of Imo state to come and contradict me,” adding that there are genuine evidence of laudable projects that stands to his credit in every part of the state.

NFL star Neiron Ball dies at 27 after battle with Rare Brain Condition

NFL star, Neiron Ball, who played as linebacker for Oakland Raiders and Florida Gators has died at the age of 27.

He died on Monday morning (Sept. 9) one year after being admitted to a hospital in Atlanta following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Ball's sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, confirmed his death via Facebook on Tuesday morning:

“The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace,” his sister and caregiver, Natalie Ball Myricks, wrote on Facebook.

According to Onlygators, Ball was diagnosed while at Florida with an arteriovenous malformation (AVN), a rare, congenital condition in which blood vessels in the brain rupture due to being tangled. Following his incident in September 2018, he was placed in a medically-induced coma and became a paraplegic.
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