Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Turkey gives recordings on Khashoggi's death to Saudis, US, Britain - Erdogan

Turkey gives recordings on Khashoggi's death to Saudis, US, Britain - Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. "We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, French and the English - we gave them all".

In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location.

On hearing the news earlier this week that Khashoggi was likely dissolved in acid, his fiancee Hatice Cengiz took to Twitter on Thursday to express her dismay.

"A team of 15 men can not come to Turkey to kill a Saudi citizen without orders", he said, adding that "the people who killed Khashoggi received instructions from someone".

He implied that Khashoggi had told the Guardian that the Iran International TV channel was funded by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the Saudi government and its Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, vanished from the Saudi consulate on October 2.

On Monday, a Turkish official said Saudi Arabia sent a two-man "clean-up team" to erase evidence of Khashoggi's murder a week after he disappeared at the Saudi consulate.

Khashoggi was killed by a team of 15 Saudis nearly immediately after walking into his country's consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents he required to remarry.

US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has oscillated between statements backing MBS's version of events and pouring scorn on the official lines coming out of Riyadh. "They know for certain who among the 15 is the killer or are the killers", he said.

Saudi Arabia had initially denied that Khashoggi was killed inside the building, initially insisting that he left it.

Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, who was sent to Istanbul last month as part of a joint probe, of employing "delaying tactics".

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