Er­do­gan: U.S., Saudis, oth­ers heard tapes of writer’s killing

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

ANKARA, Turkey — Of­fi­cials from the United States, Bri­tain, France, Ger­many and Saudi Ara­bia have lis­tened to au­dio record­ings re­lated to the killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi at the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, Turkey’s pres­i­dent said Satur­day, in the first pub­lic ac­knowl­edg­ment of the ex­is­tence of tapes.

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan told re­porters that Saudi Ara­bia had to “act fairly” and dis­close those re­spon­si­ble for the Oct. 2 killing of The Washington Post jour­nal­ist to rid it­self of “sus­pi­cion.”

CIA Di­rec­tor Gina Haspel is re­ported to have heard the au­dio record­ings of the killing.

In an­other mat­ter, Er­do­gan said seven sol­diers were killed and 25 oth­ers in­jured in an ex­plo­sion Fri­day at an am­mu­ni­tion de­pot at a base in Hakkari prov­ince, bor­der­ing Iraq and Iran, in south­east Turkey.

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