Turkey Hands Over Khashoggi Recordings to U.S., Erdogan Says

Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, seeking to maintain worldwide pressure on Riyadh over the Saudi journalist's death.

Though details of the recording had previously been leaked to the media, this was the first official confirmation of its existence.

"All these countries heard the recordings and know about them", Erdogan said.

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

Erdogan said the killer, or killers, would be known to the 18 suspects identified by Turkish authorities - including 15 men who arrived from Saudi Arabia shortly before Khashoggi's death.

The crown prince has not been directly implicated by Turkey, but Erdogan has said that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" in Saudi Arabia and that he doesn't think King Salman is responsible.

The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi poured his remains down the drain after dissolving him in acid, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday. Salah al-Tabiki, a member of the team that had been introduced in media reports as a forensic expert, then chopped Khashoggi's body into five parts to allow other people to stuff them in five large bags.

The Istanbul prosecutor found on October 31 that Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered. They later changed their story to say the journalist was accidentally killed in a fist fight after an argument broke out.

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

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to "act fairly" and disclose those responsible for the October 2 killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of "suspicion".

Some Turkish officials have said the Saudi crown prince was the architect of Khashoggi's murder.

Erdogan also accused Mojeb - who visited Istanbul to discuss the investigation with his Turkish counterpart and make inspections in the Istanbul consulate- of refusing to cooperate, in turn delaying the inquiry. The Saudi team travelling with Mujeb only wanted to know what information on the murder the Turkish side had, sources said.

Following a meeting on Saturday in Paris, US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron agreed that the Saudi authorities needed to shed full light on Khashoggi's murder, a French presidency source said.

  • Tracy Klein