Khashoggi tape doesn’t implicate Prince Mohammed bin Salman: John Bolton

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The phone call was in Arabic and reported translations have Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a security officer with connections to Crown Prince MBS - and one of 15 Saudis in Istanbul, Turkey, during Khashoggi's murder - saying the phrases "tell your boss" and "the deed is done", the Times reported.

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.

Khashoggi, a former palace insider who turned critic, was strangled to death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body dismembered, the city's chief prosecutor has said.

His brazen murder has sparked intense speculation over what, if anything, Crown Prince Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler, might have known about the operation.

The latest move of global community to pressure Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, came on Monday from the U.K. The British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met with King Salman, MBS and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday in Riyadh regarding the issue.

He told reporters on his plane returning from a weekend visit to France that he discussed Khashoggi's killing with the US, French and German leaders at a dinner in Paris.

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".

The assertion is backed up by Turkish intelligence officials, who told their American counterparts that Mutreb was speaking to one of Prince Mohammed's aides, the Times reports.


The recording is seen by intelligence officers as some of the strongest evidence linking the power behind the Saudi throne to the murder, the report said, citing three unidentified people familiar with the recording.

The Saudis have presented shifting stories about the journalist's death, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators were responsible for his death. This view has been reinforced by the shifting account of Riyadh from having first saying that Khashoggi had left the embassy then admitting that he had been killed in a fist fight then finally concluding that there was indeed an operation to silence the Saudi critic by killing him.

The details of the tape have emerged as Ankara confirmed that the intelligence had been shared with allies.

Saudi state media said King Salman sacked him and other officials over the killing, and a senior Saudi official said last month that Qahtani had been detained.

Freeland said she spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday to press for a credible, transparent investigation into the Khashoggi case.

Bolton added that he didn't expect the issue to affect arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, despite U.S. lawmakers' calls for sanctions in response to Khashoggi's killing, reported The Hill. "For now, I don't know about it".

"It must be revealed who gave them the order to murder". "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".

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