The tape obtained by prosecutors is not the original but a copy several times removed from the original, Skaluba said.

What's the meaning of the bolded phrase?


several times removed: at a distance of several levels (in this case, levels = times of copying)

You could say '. . . not the original but a copy of a copy'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Interesting. Thanks, MH. By the way, is there another way to say this?
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Thanks, Clive.