Tapes re­lated to killing given to US, Eu­ro­pean na­tions: Er­do­gan

Khashoggi corpse went down the drains: re­port

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The killers of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi poured his re­mains down the drain af­ter dis­solv­ing him in acid, a Turk­ish news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day.

Sam­ples taken from the drains at the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul showed traces of acid, pro-govern­ment daily Sabah said, with­out quot­ing sources.

This led in­ves­ti­ga­tors to be­lieve the body of the in­sider-turned-critic of the Riyadh regime was dis­posed of through the drains as liq­uid, the pa­per said.

Khashoggi was last seen en­ter­ing the con­sulate on Oc­to­ber 2 to ob­tain doc­u­ments for his forth­com­ing mar­riage. His body has never been found.

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

Yasin Ak­tay, an ad­viser to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, sug­gested last week the body may have been dis­solved in acid.

And on Mon­day, a Turk­ish official said Saudi Ara­bia sent two ex­perts to Is­tan­bul with the spe­cific aim of cov­er­ing up ev­i­dence af­ter the mur­der.

Khashoggi’s Turk­ish fi­ancee Hat­ice Cen­giz took to Twit­ter on Thurs­day writ­ing, “I’m un­able to ex­press my sor­row to hear about dis­solv­ing your body Ja­mal!”

“They killed you and chopped up your body, de­priv­ing me and your fam­ily of con­duct­ing your fu­neral prayer and bury­ing you in Mad­i­nah as wished.”

A Turk­ish official this week con­firmed a Sabah re­port that chem­i­cals ex­pert Ah­mad Ab­du­laziz al-Janobi and tox­i­col­ogy ex­pert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi amid in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mur­der.

The pa­per said they vis­ited the con­sulate ev­ery day from their ar­rival on Oc­to­ber 11 un­til Oc­to­ber 17. Saudi Ara­bia only al­lowed Turk­ish po­lice to search the build­ing on Oc­to­ber 15.

Tur­key has given record­ings re­lated to the killing of Ja­mal Khashoggi to Ger­many, France and Bri­tain, Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan said yes­ter­day, seek­ing to main­tain in­ter­na­tional pressure on Riyadh over the Saudi jour­nal­ist’s death.

His killing pro­voked global out­rage but lit­tle con­crete ac­tion by world pow­ers against Saudi Ara­bia.

Speak­ing as he left Tur­key to at­tend World War One com­mem­o­ra­tions in France along­side Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Eu­ro­pean lead­ers, Er­do­gan said for the first time that the three Eu­ro­pean Union states had heard the record­ings.

“We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Ara­bia, to the United States, Ger­mans, French and Bri­tish, all of them. They have lis­tened to all the con­ver­sa­tions in them. They know,” Er­do­gan said.

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