Er­do­gan says Khashoggi tapes shared with US, UK and 3 oth­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE - AFP

ANKARA: Turkey has shared record­ings linked to the mur­der last month of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi with Riyadh, Wash­ing­ton and other cap­i­tals, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said on Satur­day.

“We gave them the record­ings, we gave them to Saudi Ara­bia, we gave them to Wash­ing­ton, to the Ger­mans, to the French, to the Bri­tish,” he said in a tele­vised speech.

“They lis­tened to the con­ver­sa­tions which took place here, they know,” he said, but added that they were not ac­com­pa­nied by any writ­ten doc­u­ments.

Er­do­gan gave no de­tails of the tapes’ spe­cific con­tent in his tele­vised ad­dress.

Khashoggi was last seen en­ter­ing the con­sulate on Oc­to­ber 2 to ob­tain doc­u­ments for his forth­com­ing mar­riage.

Af­ter re­peated de­nials, Saudi Ara­bia fi­nally ad­mit­ted the 59-year-old had been mur­dered at the mis­sion in a “rogue” op­er­a­tion.

Turkish pro-govern­ment daily Sabah ear­lier on Satur­day re­ported Khashoggi’s killers poured the re­mains of the in­sider-turned-critic of Riyadh down the drain af­ter dis­solv­ing him in acid.

Sam­ples taken from the con­sulate drains showed traces of acid, Sabah said with­out quot­ing sources for its story.

Er­do­gan has ac­cused the “high­est lev­els” of the Saudi govern­ment of or­der­ing the hit.

Some of­fi­cials have pointed the fin­ger at Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man and some an­a­lysts say Ankara is keen to have him side­lined from power in Riyadh.

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