’Atrocious’ recording suggests Khashoggi killer used drugs: Turkey

’Atrocious’ recording suggests Khashoggi killer used drugs: Turkey

Erdogan repeated that Turkey had shared audio recordings relating to the killing with Saudi Arabia and other nations, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Canada.

The recording, shared last month with the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, is seen by intelligence officials as some of the strongest evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the killing of Khashoggi, a Virginia resident and Washington Post columnist whose death prompted an worldwide outcry.

Trudeau also told reporters that he had thanked Erdogan for his "strength in responding" to the case.

The prime minister said he has not personally heard the recording Turkey provided to Saudi Arabia and allies such as the US and Britain in recent days, though he said he has been told about its contents. He clarified that he himself had not heard the recordings.

The Turkish leader discussed the issue with US President Donald Trump during a dinner marking the end of the first world war in Paris, according to White House officials.

A representative of French intelligence listened to the audio recording and detailed information including a transcript on October 24, he added.

He declined to give any details on the contents of the tapes. His body has not been found. Then his body is cut up and dissolved in an acid.

Though global pressure forced Saudi Arabia to admit that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate, Riyadh hasn't been able to offer any clue to what happened to his body.

"Indeed when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recordings he was so shocked he said: 'This one must have taken heroin, only someone who takes heroin would do this'".

Speaking to local media last night while returning to Istanbul from Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris, Erdogan claimed the unnamed Saudi official "was shocked after he listened to the recording and he uttered that 'only a person on heroin can commit such an action, '" as the Daily Sabah reported.

October at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by an extra from the United Kingdom have travelled in command from 15 persons had been strangled.

He said the authorities have already arrested 18 suspects in Saudi Arabia and there have been layoffs in the security apparatus.

Western diplomats and Turkish officials say that it would be hard to carry out such an operation without the approval of Mohammed, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

CIA Director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey last month for information on the probe, is reported to have heard the recordings, the existence which was leaked to the media but never openly confirmed until last week.

Saudi Arabia has put forth changing accounts of the events surrounding Khashoggi's death after first denying knowledge of his whereabouts when he was missing for weeks.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with the crown prince Sunday and reiterated that the USA will hold those responsible for Khashoggi's killing to account, according to state department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

Saudi Arabia has also removed several officials it says are responsible for the murder, including two of bin Salman's closest allies, deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and top aide Saud al-Qahtani.

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