Turkey has transmitted to the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom records of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, killed on 2 October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan ( In the center).
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has sent records to the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom concerning the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saturday Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The execution of the Saudi journalist and opponent, who raised a wave of indignation, was ordered “at the highest levels” of the administration of the kingdom, said the Turkish president, before flying to Paris, where he was to participate in the celebrations of the centenary of the 1918 armistice.
“We gave the bands, we gave them all to Saudi Arabia, the United States, the Germans, the French and the British, and they listened to all the conversations there. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, without specifying the content of these recordings.
Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the United States, regularly wrote articles highly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman for the Washington Post.
According to two Turkish sources, Gina Haspel, director of the CIA, took note of a recording made during her assassination, during a visit to Istanbul last month. A Saudi diplomat could also listen to him.
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According to the same sources, there are several audio documents recorded during and before the assassination, which show that it was premeditated. After having denied it, Ryad finally confirmed at the end of October, without specifying who had commissioned it, and assured that Mohamed ben Salman did not know anything about the project.
The French president and his American counterpart, who is also participating in the centennial celebrations of the end of the First World War, also agree that this file should not be an additional destabilizing factor in the region, says -on source close to the Elysee.
For both heads of state, this issue could pave the way for a political resolution of the war in Yemen, where a military coalition commanded by Saudi Arabia has been fighting Houthi rebels since 2015 at the cost of thousands of victims and a serious humanitarian crisis.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Ryad to identify the murderer of Jamal Khashoggi, who, according to him, was among the 15 Saudis who arrived in Turkey a few hours before his death. They were arrested after returning to their country. Three other suspects were also apprehended.
“They know for sure that the murderer is one of those 15. The Saudi government can reveal it by making them talk,” he said on Saturday.
The Turkish president has also criticized Saudi prosecutor Saud al Modjeb, who went to Istanbul to meet his Turkish counterpart and inspect the consulate, to have come to Turkey “to find excuses, to make things more difficult” , and again asked the Saudi authorities to reveal what the body has become.
According to one of his advisers, Jamal Kashoggi was dismembered. Vice President Fuat Oktay called for an investigation into the reports that he was acid-treated.