Jamal Khashoggi Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy

Following US president Donald Trump’s public defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, in the matter of the brutal torture-slaying of dissident journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish officials have leaked stomach-turning audio footage of Mr. Khaghoggi’s execution, allegedly captured by the victim’s own Apple smartwatch.

The recording, which has not been officially verified and is yet to be made public, appears to confirm fears that not only was the Washington Post journalist murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, but that he was butchered alive, under the supervision of respected medical doctor and lieutenant colonel, Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy.

Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy: ‘When I Do This Job, I Listen To Music’

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Alleged assassin Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy in his military uniform at a hospital in Riyadh

Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy can allegedly heard on the recording advising other members of the the fifteen-strong hit squad to use headphones, in order to block out the sound of Mr. Khaghoggi’s agonized screams, while his torturers remove his fingers with a bone saw, before decapitating their victim.

At some point during the assault, Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy is also believed to have administered drugs commonly used in surgery to Jamal Khashoggi, which would have prevented the journalist from screaming, but not from losing consciousness.

The doctor allegedly goes on to tell his fellow assassins “when I do this job, I listen to music”, which raises the chilling question; just how many extra-judicial torture-slayings has the respected forensic pathologist been involved with on behalf of the Saudi authorities?

Alleged Torture Doc Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy Studied In UK

GlasgowMedSchool Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy
University of Glasgow Medical School, where Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy completed a masters degree in forensic pathology in 2004

As Head of the Legal Medicine Department of the Saudi Ministry of the Interior and Vice President of the Saudi Legal Medicine Society, alleged assassin Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy is one of the leading forensic scientists and medical ethicists currently working in the Kingdom.

Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia in 1997. Three later he ranked first in his class at the Saudi High Institute for Security Study, during which period he also worked as a general practitioner in Riyadh.

In 2004 he left Saudi Arabia in order to study for a masters qualification in forensic medicine, at the prestigious University of Glasgow Medical School, UK. For the next five years he worked as a forensic pathologist in Riyadh and Dammam, publishing a number of papers on homicidal deaths in the Kingdom, as well as contributing to an Arabic-language textbook on forensic pathology.

In 2009 he was accepted as a member of the UK’s Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (MFFLM), winning admission to the Saudi equivalent the following year.

Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy Pioneered Virtual Autopsy In Middle East

Saudi Sharia Flogging doctors assist Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy
Doctors supervise Sharia punishments in Saudi Arabia

In his professional biography on the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties website, Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy is credited as being the first to perform bloodless virtual autopsies in Saudi Arabia and the middle east, grimly ironic for a man who is currently accused of participating in the vivisection of a political dissident.

For many Europeans the involvement of a respected medical authority in the shocking and vicious murder of a political dissident, will bring to mind the complicity of doctors in WW2-era Nazi and Japanese war crimes. Yet, many doctors in Saudi Arabia routinely participate in brutal acts of judicial mutilation, carrying out Sharia-mandated amputations and supervising other forms of corporal punishment, such as flogging.

If the recording leaked last night can be verified, then the involvement of a well-respected medical authority such as Dr. Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy in such a brutal crime, only compounds the horror of Mr. Khaghoggi’s final moments.

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