Erdogan: Saudi officials, others heard tapes of writer death

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

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 them the tapes".

"We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English", Erdogan said in a televised speech. They killed you and chopped up your body, depriving me and your family of conducting your funeral prayer and burying you in Madinah as wished.

A source in the Turkish attorney general's office told Al Jazeera that the investigative team found traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals inside a well at the Saudi consul general's home in Istanbul.

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

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Many observers, including some prominent US lawmakers, suspect Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had some role in ordering the murder.

Saudi officials said initially that Khashoggi had left the consulate, later saying he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

Some Turkish officials have said the Saudi crown prince was the architect of Khashoggi's murder. They include the 15 members of the alleged assassination squad.

Mr Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, who was sent to Istanbul last month as part of a joint probe, of employing "delaying tactics". President Donald Trump has reiterated he does not want to jeopardise money coming into the USA from Saudi Arabia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his assertion that Saudi Arabia knew who had killed Khashoggi.

Khashoggi went missing on October 2 after entering the consulate to obtain documents for marriage procedures.

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