Canada Has Heard Recordings Of Khashoggi's Death, Trudeau Confirms


Pressing ahead with moves to maintain pressure on Saudi Arabia, Erdogan said the crown prince had told Turkish envoys that he would shed light on the October 2 killing at the kingdom's consulate and do what was "necessary".

Jamal Khashoggi, a USA resident, was murdered in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and the crown prince has been accused of orchestrating the killing, which has strained the decades-old alliance between Washington and Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has said it arrested 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of an investigation into Khashoggi's killing.

A new report indicates that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel was presented with an audio recording last month that suggests a direct link between Jamal Khashoggi's death and the Saudi Arabian royal family.

Turkey says a 15-member Saudi "hit squad" strangled and dismembered Khashoggi at the consulate. In a statement released after the Times report, a Saudi official said Turkey had allowed them to listen to the audio, and "At no moment was there any reference to the mentioned phrase in the recordings".

A reporter asked Trudeau at a press conference in Paris, France if "Canadian agents have heard these recordings". In August, Saudi Arabia accused Canada of violating its sovereignty and froze new trade after Canadian officials called for the release of detained civil society and women's rights activists.

Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about the murder several times amid global outcry and intensifying scepticism over its account.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said that France, Germany and Britain had been handed the tapes, but in an interview on France 2, Le Drian said this was not the case, as far as he knew.

Saudi Arabia has said Khashoggi was murdered in an unauthorised operation.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt became the first British minister to visit Saudi Arabia since the killing.

According to Karaman, the Saudi entourage covered the floor with plastic bags before dismembering Khashoggi's body - a 15-minute process that was led by Salah al-Tubaigy, head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

Speaking about his meetings with world leaders in Paris, including US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Erdogan said they were making assessments on the audio recording.

A demonstrator holds a poster picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a lightened candle during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. Now, it acknowledges that the journalist's death was premeditated.

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. It prompted investigators to suggest Khashoggi's body might have been dissolved in acid before being poured down the drain.