Jamal Khashoggi: 'Appalling' recordings shocked intelligence officer, Erdogan says

039;Take this bag off my head' were Jamal Khashoggi's last words Turkish investigative journalist says

When asked on a visit to Paris whether Canadian intelligence had heard the Turkish recordings, Trudeau said: "Yes", although he added that had not heard them personally.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage. The Saudis were interested in the idea but said it was so provocative and potentially destabilizing that they wanted to get the approval of the incoming Trump administration before Saudi Arabia paid for the campaign.

Mr Trudeau said he had not personally listened to the tapes, but said he had been speaking with the Turkish President.

While translations of the Arabic spoken in the recording may differ, people briefed on the call said Mutreb also said to the aide words to the effect of "the deed was done", the newspaper also reported. Nazif Karaman, head of investigations at the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper, said Khashoggi spent his last moments begging for a plastic bag to be taken off his head, and that his killing lasted a total of seven minutes, according to Al Jazeera.

Turkey's chief prosecutor said the Washington Post columnist had been strangled upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate and then dismembered.

But Saudi officials characterise the killing as a rogue operation carried out by Saudi agents who exceeded their authority.

As for the businessmen, who had intelligence backgrounds, they saw their Iran plan both as a lucrative source of income and a way to cripple a country that both they and the Saudis considered a profound threat.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken directly to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, telling him that those involved in the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be held "accountable".


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

Erdogan said it was clear the murder was planned and that the order came from the top level of Saudi authorities but that he could not think such a thing of King Salman, for whom he has "limitless respect".

Erdogan also said Turkey was "patiently" waiting for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to shed light on the killing at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

"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. Mr Erdogan said it knew who was behind his death and the location of the journalist's remains.

Faisal expressed hope that the kingdom would live up to its pledge and "put the facts on the table and answer all questions about the fate of Khashoggi's body".

"If the Turkish president has information to give to us, he must give it to us".

A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office told Business Insider she would neither confirm nor deny Erdogan's comments because it was an intelligence matter.

In particular, the Saudi crown prince is close to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and adviser on Middle East issues, and he even bragged earlier this year that Kushner was "in his pocket", The Intercept first reported.

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