Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Turkey shared Khashoggi murder tapes with Britain, claims Erdogan

Turkey shared Khashoggi murder tapes with Britain, claims Erdogan

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The recordings that could reveal the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey in shocking detail have been shared with France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the US, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

"We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English", he said in a televised speech.

Turkish and Saudi officials have carried out joint inspections of the consulate and the consul's residence, but Erdogan said some Saudi officials were still trying to cover up the crime.

"There's no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people".

So far, 18 people, including security officers, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder.

Erdoğan also criticized the stance of Saudi authorities.

Finally, it would require the Republican firebrands administration to write reports on Saudi Arabia's inquiry into Mr Khashoggi's murder and the state of human rights in the country. "He [Al-Mujeb] asks for our prosecutor down there".

Erdoğan also called on Saudi officials to do their part to reveal the unanswered parts of the dissident journalist's murder.

Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the consulate on October 2 even as his fiancée Hatice Cengiz waited outside the building.

After more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate. "When we go to Paris, we will try to secure an opportunity and we will realise a bilateral meeting", Erdogan said ahead of his departure.

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