Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi recordings 'appalling', shocked Saudi intelligence

15 November, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Donnie King
  • Jamal Khashoggi

Before leaving Turkey for the trip, Erdogan said that Saudi Arabia knows the killer of Khashoggi is among a group of 15 people who arrived in his country the day before the October 2 slaying.

Canada had been fully informed of "what had to admit Turkey", he said during his visit in Paris.

"They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it", he said.

"We played the recordings regarding this murder to everyone who wanted them from us".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday described the audio recordings Ankara has shared with Western states as "appalling".

Nazif Karaman, head of investigations at the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper, said Khashoggi spent his last moments begging for a plastic bag to be taken off his head, and that his killing lasted a total of seven minutes, according to Al Jazeera.

Trudeau said he had not personally listened to the recordings but Canada's intelligence services had. In fact, when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recording he was so shocked that he said 'this one probably took heroin.

The Royal house in Riyadh confirmed the killing of the 59-year-old journalist who had written after his escape to the U.S. for the Washington Post, after weeks of denials, but denies that the command was given by crown Prince Bin Salman.

The crown prince is widely suspected of at least having knowledge of the killing, which involved some members of his security entourage.

"What counts for us is to establish the complete truth. whatever one may think of the recordings the entire truth can't be based on the Turkish recordings".

"If the Turkish President has information to give us, he has to give them to us", he said.

When asked to clarify that he was saying Canadian agents had heard the recordings, Trudeau replied, "Yes", and added that he had not heard them himself.

The visit comes amid worldwide outrage over the murder of Saudi insider-turned-critic Khashoggi in his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

A source at Turkish attorney general's office Saudi authorities had used acid and other chemicals to dispose of the slain journalist's body.

Under pressure, Saudi Arabia has moved from claiming Khashoggi left its consulate untouched, to acknowledging he died, to admitting he was murdered by a death squad sent to kill him.

Saudi Arabia has also removed several officials it says are responsible for the murder, including two of bin Salman's closest allies, deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and top aide Saud al-Qahtani.

Turkey is "waiting patiently" for Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's death, he added.

According to the newspaper, just a few hours before leaving for Paris, Erdogan acknowledged the existence of a rumored audio tape allegedly documenting Khashoggi's tortures and death in the Saudi consulate in the Turkish capital of Istanbul.



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