Saudi Arabia, U.S., Germany, France, and Britain received Khashoggi tapes, Erdoğan says
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that Turkey had given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, Reuters reported.
According to Turkish sources, Turkey has an audio recording which is believed to be a piece essential evidence showing that Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
The Washington Post previously reported that CIA director Gina Haspel listened to the audio recording, during her visit to Istanbul last month to discuss with her Turkish counterparts the investigation into Khashoggi’s murder.
Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was killed by a 15-man Saudi squad sent from the kingdom. The journalist’s body has still not been found more than a month after his disappearance.
Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate after two week of denials and arrested 18 people reportedly played a role in the murder. The kingdom rejected Ankara’s request to extradite 18 Saudis related to the murder, while Turkish government insists that all suspects should be prosecuted in Turkey.
Saudi Arabia knows and should reveal who in 15-member team killed Khashoggi, Erdoğan said, before heading to Paris to attend the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
Khashoggi’s killing is expected to be on the agenda during Erdoğan’s bilateral meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris.
Trump had a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday in Paris. The two presidents agreed that more details needed to shed light on Khashoggi’s murder and that the incident should not lead to further destabilisation in the Middle East, according to French presidential sources.