Khashoggi recordings shared with Saudi Arabia, US, others: Erdogan

Turkey has shared recordings linked to the murder last month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Riyadh, Washington and other capitals, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.

Khashoggi, who lived in Virginia and wrote columns for The Washington Post, was killed when he went to the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to pick up a paper necessary to facilitate his wedding.

Samples taken from the drains at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul showed traces of acid, pro-government daily Sabah said, without quoting sources.

The body of Khashoggi remains missing and a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation into Khashoggi's fate has made little progress so far.

He was referring to an alleged 15-member assassination squad that Turkey believes was sent to kill Mr Khashoggi at the consulate where he had arrived to obtain papers to marry his Turkish fiancee.

The revelation that journalist Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Jasser was tortured to death in detention comes a month after the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi put the Saudi royals on the back foot.

"All that we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina (Saudi Arabia) with the rest of his family", Salah said.

Turkey said Saturday that it had provided the United States and other countries with an audio recording of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born dissident and USA resident who died in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

A Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, previously told MEE that the audio recordings were unlikely to ever be publicly released. Hatice Cengiz tweeted, according to the New York Post.

They include the killing itself and conversations pre-dating the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered, the sources said.

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

However, Erdogan did not specify what was said in the recordings.

"The Saudi authorities should succeed in revealing that by making them speak", Erdogan added.

"They know for certain who among the 15 is the killer or are the killers". These had led Ankara to conclude from an early stage that the killing was premeditated, despite Saudi Arabia's initial denials of any knowledge or involvement.

Vanessa Coleman

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