Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Khashoggi Tape Not Seen Implicating Saudi Prince, Bolton Says

Khashoggi Tape Not Seen Implicating Saudi Prince, Bolton Says

The New York Times article also said American intelligence officers believe the "boss" in the that phone conversation refers to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de-facto ruler of the Saudi Kingdom.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said his country's intelligence agents - who have been working with their Turkish counterparts - had heard the recording of Khashoggi's death but he had not.

Khashoggi, a respected Washington Post columnist and critic of Prince Mohammed, was killed by a team of men who flew from Riyadh to ambush him during a marriage paperwork appointment at the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul last month. Mutreb is a security officer who frequently travels with the crown prince.

"And certainly that is not the position of the Saudi government", he said in Singapore.

The Saudis inquired at a time when Prince Mohammed, then the deputy crown prince and defence minister, was consolidating power and directing his advisers to escalate military and intelligence operations outside the Kingdom, informed sources told The Times on Sunday.

"We gave them the tapes", Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters before flying to Paris for a gathering of world leaders commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Erdogan added that he told Mr. Trump "there is no need to look elsewhere for the murderers since they are surely among the 18 people detained by Saudi authorities, including the 15-member team that came to Istanbul before Khashoggi's disappearance". He said Khashoggi suffocated after the Saudi journalist's killers covered his head with a plastic bag.

Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey had given recordings related to the killing to countries including Britain.

Khashoggi's body has not been found. Karaman and others with knowledge of Turkey's audio recordings say they believe his corpse was dismembered at the consulate.

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Khashoggi's murder provoked worldwide outrage but so far little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, a journalist and critic of the Saudi leadership, was killed on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to get the paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

Asked about the recordings, Hunt declined to comment on intelligence matters but said: "My understanding of what actually happened is not dissimilar to what I've been reading about in the newspapers".

Trump now says Saudi Arabia misused USA -supplied weapons in the Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen, which has helped trigger the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a "rogue" operation.

Khashoggi was murdered by a Saudi- hit squad inside his country's consulate in Istanbul in early October.

The top USA diplomat has previously said Khashoggi's killing "violates the norms of global law", and that the USA was reviewing possible sanctions on individuals identified as having been involved.

A statement from the Turkish prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, said Khashoggi's killing was planned in advance.

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