Erdogan: Turkey shared Khashoggi tapes with Saudi, US and others

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2018

Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is one of the fall guys as Riyadh tries to stem global outrage at Khashoggi's death.

The revelation that journalist Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Jasser was tortured to death in detention comes a month after the brutal killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi put the Saudi royals on the back foot.

"A team of 15 men can not come to Turkey to kill a Saudi citizen without orders", he said, adding that "the people who killed Khashoggi received instructions from someone".

Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the consulate on October 2 even as his fiancée Hatice Cengiz waited outside the building.

Meanwhile, the reporter's sons have issued desperate pleas to find their father's body so that they can give him a proper burial and receive closure.

Later, Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder, but that to killing was an unplanned "rogue operation".

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However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused + the "highest levels" of the Saudi government of ordering the hit, while some officials have pointed the finger at the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Media reports have suggested that Khashoggi's body, which has not been found, could have been chemically dissolved.

The official said the chemist and toxicologist were tasked with erasing evidence before Turkish investigators were given access to the Saudi consulate and consul's residence.

"I'm unable to express my sorrow to learn about dissolving your body Jamal!"

"They killed you and chopped up your body, depriving me and your family of conducting your funeral prayer and burying you in Madinah as wished".

Sources told Al Jazeera on Saturday that Turkish police ended the search for Khashoggi's body, but that the criminal investigation into the Saudi journalist's murder will continue.

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