Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul to Saudi Arabia, the US, Germany, France and the UK, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on November 10.
Speaking before his departure for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Erdogan stated that the killer of Jamal Khashoggi is among a group of 15 Saudi citizens who arrived in Turkey one day ahead of the October 2 murder.
Previously, Ankara claimed to have had audio of the murder ever since the journalist went missing on October 2, after going inside the Saudi consulate, never to be seen again.
Initially, Saudi Arabia denied that Khashoggi was killed inside the building, insisting that he left it. Later, Riyadh changed its story to say the journalist was accidentally killed in a fist fight with consultate workers. Latr, the Saudi story was changed again. Now, Riyadh insists that the killing was carried out in a rogue operation unbeknownst to the leadership.
In turn, Erdogan has stated that that Khashoggi had been killed on order from the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.
While it remains obvious that Saudi Arabia is responsible for the death of the journalist, who had been in opposition to the modern Saudi government, main “Saudi partners” – the US, the UK – as well as other EU states have taken no steps that can practically punish Saudi Arabia for its behaviour. In fact, they have mostly ingored the story. Some of them, first of all Washington, have even attempted to defend Riyadh’s versions of the events.