Turkey has given the records of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to several countries
TAPES. The Turkish authorities have given to several countries, including the United States, the recordings of the murder of Jamal Kashoggi on October 2 at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul. Details confirm the sordid way the journalist was killed, while President Trump exchanged with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the fate of the Washington Post's columnist.
The reaction of Washington was not long after the meeting in Paris Saturday between President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the dinner hosted by the French head of state Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Sitting side by side in front of their hosts, the US and Turkish presidents exchanged about the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. This information was confirmed shortly thereafter by the White House and reinforced by another revelation the same day and not least that the records of the killing of the Saudi journalist were given by Recep Tayyip Erdogan to several countries including the United States.
"They all know"
This material testifies for the first time and officially that the last moments of the Washington Post's columnist have been recorded.
In a statement issued this Sunday by the State Departement, the Secretary Michael R. Pompeo said he spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and "that the United States will be responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable, and that Saudi Arabia must do the same. "
"We gave the recordings," Mr Erdogan announced in a televised speech in Ankara just before he was to board a plane in Paris. "We gave them to Saudi Arabia. We gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English. They all know, since they have been listened to the conversations and everything. "
His body dissolved in acid
Erdogan said that Saudi Arabia knows the killer of Khashoggi is a group of 15 people who arrived in his country before the murder of the journalist.
Since the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi killed, on October 2, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a Saudi commando, the most sordid details describe over the weeks the atrocious way in which the critical editorialist of the Ryad regime was executed.
His murderers got rid of his body by throwing it into pipes after having dissolved it in acid, the Turkish Daily Sabahreported Saturday.
The examination of samples taken in the pipes of the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul has detected traces of acid, writes the pro-government daily without citing sources. The investigators believe that the body of the victim was dissolved in acid and that once a liquid consistency obtained, the perpetrators of the crime have dumped in the pipes, continues Sabah.
"Im suffocating... Take this bag off my head..."
Washington Postjournalist Jamal Khashoggi's last words were, "I'm suffocating ... Take this bag off my head, I'm claustrophobic," has reported the head of investigations Nazif Karaman of the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah. The murder, according to Karaman's paper, took about seven minutes. After initially strongly denying his murder, the Saudi authorities eventually claimed that the journalist was killed during an "unauthorized" operation by Ryad.
"Highest levels of the Saudi government"
But in a column published on November 2 by the Washington Post with which Khashoggi collaborated, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the "highest levels of the Saudi government" of having ordered the murder, while excluding King Salman. The Turkish press close to power and Turkish officials speaking on condition of anonymity have continued to involve the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudis originally said Khashoggi left the consulate alive. The Saudi government later reckoned that Khashoggi was strangled inside the consulate after a fistfight. By late October, Saudi Arabia claimed that he had been killed as soon as he entered the consulate and that his body had been dismembered, and an adviser to President Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, later stated that "the reason they cut off the body" was "to dissolve it more easily".
A chemist and toxicology expert
A senior Turkish official said on Monday, on condition of anonymity, that Saudi "cleaners", includinga chemist and toxicology expert, were sent to Istanbul to erase evidence of the journalist's murder. Before the dissolution of the body was discussed, Turkish investigators examined several tracks, including searching, in addition to the consulate and the residence of the nearby consul, a large forest located on the edge of Istanbul. Saudi authorities say they arrested 18 suspects. Turkey wants them to be extradited to face legal proceedings.Mr Erdogan also said that the ambassador's residence in Turkey was a killer.
"They killed you and cut off your body"
"The 15 people who came to Istanbul [from Saudi Arabia], who are also among 18 detained by Saudi authorities, surely know who killed him. This could be done by talking, " Mr Errdogan said in his speech. "The murderers are about this 15 or 18. There's no need to look elsewhere." Khashoggi, who lived in the United States, went to Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. On Twitter, Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said she was "unable to express (her) grief at learning that (Khashoggi's body) was dissolved". "They killed you and cut off your body, depriving me and your family of conducting a mortuary prayer and burying you in Medina as desired," she added in a message published on Thursday in Arabic, in Turkish and English.
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