"International Investigation A Must": Turkey On Khashoggi's Killing

Larry Hoffman
November 15, 2018

Members of the kill squad that purportedly murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi carried tools that could have been used in the killing as they departed from Istanbul to Saudi Arabia on October 2, the Turkish daily Sabah reported on Wednesday.

In the recording, a member of the Saudi hit squad says, "tell your boss", the NYT reported Monday, citing USA intelligence officials pointing to the crown prince as the presumed boss who could have ordered such an act inside a Saudi diplomatic mission.

The NYT report adds that the person making the phone call is Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a security officer who frequently travels with the prince.

The Wall Street Journal reported Bolton told reporters Tuesday he had not heard the recording from Turkey but USA officials have drawn no conclusions on it connecting Saudi Arabia's defacto day-to-day leader to the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, who was a contributor to The Washington Post.

The bags also contained ten mobile phones, five walkie-talkies and a jammer, in addition to two large syringes, three large staplers and one scalpel.

American intelligence officials believe is a reference to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince. "The recording is really disastrous", he said in quotes published by Sabah.

On Tuesday, he described the recording as "appalling", and said that a Saudi intelligence officer was shocked when he listened to the audio.

After denying responsibility, the Saudis admitted Khashoggi was slain in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the hands of Saudi personnel.

Of Khashoggi's murder, "There's no smoking gun, but I don't think there's any question he directed it, knew it, and we've got to figure out a way to cause them to pay a price", Corker said, referring to Prince Mohammed.

Turkey has claimed for weeks to have audio evidence that exposes how the Saudi journalist was killed on October 2, while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain papers for his upcoming marriage.

He ran social media for Prince Mohammed, masterminded the arrest of hundreds of Saudi Arabia's elite late past year in a campaign Riyadh said aimed at rooting out corruption, and took a harsh line against neighbouring Qatar when Saudi Arabia imposed an economic boycott of the Gulf state in June 2017.

"The way Saudi Arabia is run today, Mohammed bin Salman is an autocrat", Baer said.

Turkish and US officials, including US National Security Adviser John Bolton, have said that the audio does not conclusively link the killing to Prince Mohammed.

Erdogan did not elaborate on how and when the Saudi official heard the recording of the killing of the Saudi citizen. "Due process is in train at the moment in Saudi Arabia and I was led to believe there will be rapid progress in making sure that people are brought to justice".

They include the killing itself and conversations before the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered, the sources said.

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