Unic Press UK: Turkish government has given the tapes of the killing of Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The tapes were delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic and the United Kingdom, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
“We gave the tapes; we gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, the Germans, French and the British; all of them. They have listened to the conversations in them. They know. There’s no need to distort this issue. They know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people.”
Erdogan, who spoke ahead of his departure to France to attend the ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, reiterate his call on Saudi Arabia authorities to look nowhere else for the killers of Khashoggi than within, a 15-man team that arrived in Turkey a few days’ to the death the journalist was killed.
Turkish authorities had accused the Saudi Arabian government of killing Jamal Khashoggi, who had walked into the Saudi Arabian embassy on October 2, 2018 to carry out paperwork ahead of his marriage to a Turkish national, but did not exit the building thereafter.
The Turkish government had persistently submitted that it had a proof of Mr Khashoggi being killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, claiming to be in possession of the audio and video recording of the killing, and seemingly accusing the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of authorizing murder.
After circa two weeks’ of denying the allegations of murder, the Saudi government facing scathing condemnation by state actors and institutions confessed that Mr Jamal Khashoggi was indeed killed inside its consulate, saying that Khashoggi died during a fistfight. Thursday the Saudis accepted the position of Turkey that the murder of Khashoggi had been premeditated.
There are reports by some of the mainstream media outfits that during a recent visit to Turkey, the CIA Director Gina Haspel did listen to the audio recording of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi’s last moment.