Erdogan: Saudi officials, others heard tapes of writer death

Trump 'Stronger opinion' on Khashoggi case next week

The investigative team looking into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has discovered traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals inside a well at the Saudi consul general's home in Istanbul, Al Jazeera reports citing a source in the Turkish attorney general's office.

"We gave them the tapes". We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them.

That discovery, made two weeks after the Saudi journalist's demise, reportedly led the authorities to conclude that Khashoggi's dead body was dissolved in acid in one of the rooms at the consul's residence.

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"The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability and judgment of current decision-makers in Saudi Arabia", read the letter, sent on November 1.

Khashoggi's slaying has destroyed the image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who is believed to have a key role in the assassination.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to "act fairly" and disclose those responsible for the October 2 killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of "suspicion".

Saudi officials initially claimed Khashoggi had left the consulate; then said he died in an unplanned "rogue operation"; before the kingdom's public prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb later admitted he was killed in a premeditated attack.

Riyadh is under enormous worldwide pressure to explain why Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey's Istanbul in September.

The heir to the Saudi throne denies he was aware of the plot to kill Khashoggi or the attempted cover-up.

Mr Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, who was sent to Istanbul last month as part of a joint probe, of employing "delaying tactics".

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