Proof writer slain: Turkey

Govt says it has record­ings of Is­tan­bul killing

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Turkey’s Govern­ment has told US of­fi­cials it has au­dio and video proof that miss­ing Saudi Ara­bian writer Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed and dis­mem­bered in the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported yes­ter­day.

The news­pa­per, for which Khashoggi is a colum­nist, cited anony­mous of­fi­cials as say­ing the record­ings show a Saudi se­cu­rity team de­tained the writer when he went to the con­sulate on Oc­to­ber 2 to pick up a doc­u­ment for his up­com­ing wed­ding.

The As­so­ci­ated Press was not im­me­di­ately able to con­firm the re­port and Turk­ish of­fi­cials would not com­ment.

Mean­while, a del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia has ar­rived in Turkey as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance, ac­cord­ing to a For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cial.

Saudi Ara­bia has called the al­le­ga­tion it ab­ducted or harmed Khashoggi “base­less.” How­ever, it has of­fered no ev­i­dence to sup­port its claim he left the con­sulate and van­ished, de­spite his fi­ancee wait­ing out­side.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the del­e­ga­tion would hold talks with Turk­ish of­fi­cials over the week­end.

On Thurs­day, Turk­ish pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey and Saudi Ara­bia would form a “joint work­ing group” to look into Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

In a state­ment posted on Twit­ter, Saudi Ara­bia wel­comed Turkey’s ap­proval of the joint work­ing group.

The Saudi state­ment said the king­dom is keen “to sus­tain the se­cu­rity and safety of its cit­i­zenry, wher­ever

they might hap­pen to be.”

Amid grow­ing con­cern over Khashoggi’s fate, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said his coun­try wanted to know “the whole truth” about the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance, call­ing the early de­tails about the case “very wor­ry­ing.”

Macron said “I’m wait­ing for the truth and com­plete clar­ity to be made” since the mat­ter is “very se­ri­ous.” He spoke Fri­day in Yere­van, Ar­me­nia, to French broad­cast­ers RFI and France 24.

In Ger­many, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s spokesman, St­ef­fen Seib­ert, said Ber­lin was also “very con­cerned” about the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance and

called on Saudi Ara­bia to “par­tic­i­pate fully” in clear­ing up re­ports that he may have been killed.

The fi­ancee of the miss­ing Saudi jour­nal­ist on Fri­day urged US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to use his clout to find out what hap­pened to her part­ner.

Trump on Fri­day said US re­la­tions with Saudi Ara­bia were “ex­cel­lent” and he didn’t want to scut­tle highly lu­cra­tive arms deals with Riyadh.

But he de­clared yes­ter­day the US would un­cover the truth about what hap­pened to Khashoggi, promis­ing to per­son­ally call Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man soon about “the ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion in Turkey”.

“We’re go­ing to find out what hap­pened,” Trump pledged when ques­tioned by re­porters in Cincin­nati where he was head­lin­ing a po­lit­i­cal rally.


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