Turkey’s president says tape of Khashoggi killing given to U.S.

Hannah Rogers
November 11, 2018

Late last month, a Saudi prosecutor finally admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a planned attack.

Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

In his interview with the Al Jazeera, Karaman, who is believed to be close to the Turkish government, said the strangulation of Khashoggi lasted for seven minutes.

He reiterated that Riyadh is aware of the identity of Khashoggi's killer.

The killers, he said, stretched plastic bags in the room where Khashoggi was murdered to prevent his blood from spreading on the floor.

A Turkish official this week confirmed a Sabah report that chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi amid investigations into the murder. The bags were then transferred to a vehicle belonging to the Consulate to transport them to the outside of the diplomatic mission.

Turkey has not said how it obtained a recording from inside the consulate.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi rulers, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Thus investigators claim that the body of the Saudi journalist was disposed off as liquid through the drains, added the paper without revealing the sources.

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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.

Turki said he expects the kingdom to live up to its promise "to put all of the facts on the table" and answer questions including what happened to Khashoggi's body.

Khashoggi's body has not been found and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan has suggested that it may have been dissolved in acid.

According to Kerman, the Saudi entourage covered the floor with plastic bags before dismembering Khashoggi's body - a 15-minute process that was led by Salah al-Tubaigy, head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

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".

Before heading to France, Erdogan said he had prior to his news conference spoken by telephone to US President Donald Trump and would meet with the US leader in Paris "if we find the opportunity".

USA officials said on Friday that the Trump administration is ending air refueling flights for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen and preparing sanctions against Saudis linked to the killing.

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

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