Audio recordings related to Khashoggi's killing shared with Saudi, other officials: Erdogan

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Speaking ahead of his departure for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Erdoğan said Saudi Arabia knows the killer of Jamal Khashoggi is among a group of 15 people who arrived in Turkey one day ahead of the October 2 killing.

Turki told the International Peace Institute think tank Friday that Khashoggi was the Saudi embassy spokesman when he was ambassador to the United States and Britain, and they had been "very friendly over the years". "We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them", Erdogan said before departing for Paris to attend ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

"They listened to the conversations which took place here, they know", he said.

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

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

Some Turkish media and officials have said Ankara possessed an audio recording of the murder and it had shared it with the head of the CIA Gina Haspel when she visited Turkey in late October.

That discovery, made two weeks after the Saudi journalist's demise, reportedly led the authorities to conclude that Khashoggi's dead body was dissolved in acid in one of the rooms at the consul's residence.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects who have been detained in Saudi Arabia, so they can be put on trial in Turkey.

Unconfirmed reports of the contents of gruesome tape allege that Khashoggi was grabbed, drugged and dismembered on a tape with a bone saw.

Erdoğan also criticized the stance of Saudi authorities.

Saudi Arabia initially attempted to cover up the killing by insisting that Khashoggi had left the consulate.

MEE has previously revealed that seven of those sent to kill Khashoggi were members of the crown prince's personal security detail.

"Now Saudi Arabia should rid themselves of this stain by acting just against our goodwill", he said.



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