Turkey shared Khashoggi murder tapes with Saudi Arabia, others

Turkey has passed copies of the audio tapes on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the US, Germany, France and Britain, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, above, said in a televised speech on Saturday, local reports said.

Earlier, Turkish media had said authorities have an audio recording that proves Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate.

However, the claim had then raised ethical questions on Ankara using eavesdropping devices on embassies and consulates functioning on its soil.

Erdogan made the disclosure before heading for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

He said Saudi Arabia knew the killer of Khashoggi was in the 15-member team that arrived in Turkey from Riyadh a day ahead of his killing on Oct 2.

The team also knew who killed Jamal Khashoggi and where his body is, Erdogan said.

There are missing links in the murder and Saudi officials have the responsibility to reveal what they have not said so far on the incident, he said.

Saudi Arabia Attorney General Saud al-Mujeb’s Turkey visit was only to shirk duty.

There was no additional information he wanted from Ankara which he did not know.

Khashoggi went missing on Oct. 2 after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his marriage.

Saudi Arabia kept changing the narrative on the missing journalist until it accepted that the journalist’s killing was premeditated.

Erdogan said he may meet US President Donald Trump in Paris during the commemorations.