Khashoggi’s body went down the drain, Turkey shares record­ing with US

Sunday Express - - WORLD -

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 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 Satur­day re­ported Khashoggi’s killers poured the re­mains of the in­sider-turned­critic 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, who was head­ing to France to at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tions mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, has ac­cused the “high­est lev­els” of the Saudi govern­ment of or­der­ing the hit.

Some of­fi­cials have pointed the finger at the all-pow­er­ful Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man and some an­a­lysts say Ankara is keen to have the heir side­lined from the nexus of power in Riyadh.

Er­do­gan has not ac­cused the prince but has said he does “not be­lieve for a sec­ond” that King Sal­man or­dered the crime.

Khashoggi’s body has not been found, more than a month after he was killed.


Ankara has de­manded co­op­er­a­tion from Riyadh over the af­fair|

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