Turkey’s Erdogan shares Khashoggi tapes with the US, Saudi Arabia


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

“We gave them the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the British,” he said in a televised speech.

“They listened to the conversations which took place here, they know,” he said, but added that they were not accompanied by any written documents.

Erdogan gave no details of the tapes’ specific content in his televised address.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on Oct 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage.

After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a “rogue” operation.

Turkish pro-government daily Sabah earlier on Saturday reported Khashoggi’s killers poured the remains of the insider-turned-critic of Riyadh down the drain after dissolving him in acid.

Samples taken from the consulate drains showed traces of acid, Sabah said without quoting sources for its story.

Erdogan, who was heading to Paris, France, to attend commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, has accused the “highest levels” of the Saudi government of ordering the hit.

Some officials have pointed the finger at the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Salman and some analysts said Ankara is keen to have the heir sidelined from the nexus of power in Riyadh.

Erdogan has not accused the prince, but has said he does “not believe for a second” that King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the crime.

Some Turkish media and officials had said for weeks that Ankara possessed an audio recording of the murder and had shared it with CIA head Gina Haspel when she visited Turkey late last month.

But the existence of such a recording had not been officially confirmed.

Khashoggi’s body has not been found, more than a month after the Washington Post columnist was killed.

Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, suggested last week that the body may have been dissolved.