Trudeau says Canadian intelligence has heard tapes of Khashoggi killing

Pauline Gross
Ноября 13, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's intelligence service had hidden "nothing" from foreign counterparts and that officials from many countries, including Saudi Arabia, had listened to voice recordings of the killing. "If the Turkish president has information to give us, he must give it to us".

The call occurred shortly after Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

During the meeting about the plan to sabotage Iran's economy, three people familiar with the discussions told the newspaper that the Saudis asked the private businessmen whether they also "conducted kinetics" - lethal operations - saying they were interested in killing senior Iranian officials.

But unconfirmed reports of the contents of gruesome tape, which Turkey says it has been in possession of since October 2, allege that Khashoggi was grabbed, drugged and dismembered with a bone saw.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al Jubeir, said the 18 suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi would be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Drian contradicted Erdogan's claim to have shared the tapes.

His comments provoked fury in Ankara. "It is very impudent for them to accuse our president of playing political games".

"Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey's determined efforts", Altun said.

The report also quoted Turkish officials as saying the audio does not "conclusively implicate Prince Mohammed".

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That prompted a furious response from Ankara, which insisted it had shared evidence with Paris and said Le Drian's comments were unacceptable.

'The recording is really appalling.

Going further, Cavusoglu suggested that Le Drian may be trying to cover-up the killing so as not to endanger agreements with Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi's body has never been found, but Sabah reported on Saturday that his killers poured his remains down the drain after dissolving them in acid.

Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen previous year about using private companies to assassinate enemies of the Kingdom, The New York Times reported. "I voiced some things about his the [Saudi] king", Erdogan said, adding that Otaibi was recalled from Istanbul after Erdogan's conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

"The secretary emphasised that the United States will hold all of those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable, and that Saudi Arabia must do the same", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

Khashoggi's murder and the war in Yemen are two of the main sources of strain in the decades-old alliance between Washington and Riyadh.

"The human cost of war in Yemen is incalculable: with millions displaced, starvation and disease rife and years of bloodshed, the only solution is now a political decision to set aside arms and pursue peace", Hunt said.

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