Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey 'shared Khashoggi tapes' with Saudi, US

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Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

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. They later changed their story to say the journalist was accidentally killed in a fist fight after an argument broke out.

"There's no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people".

He was referring to an alleged 15-member assassination squad that Turkey believes was sent to kill Mr Khashoggi at the consulate where he had arrived to obtain papers to marry his Turkish fiancee.

A Turkish official this week confirmed a Sabah report that chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi amid investigations into the murder.

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

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His body has not been found.

The Turkish minister explained that Ankara asked Riyadh to extradite the men Saudi detained for their involvement in Khashoggi's murder to Turkey for questioning.

Before his arrest, Al-Qahtani, who was sacked following the widely deplored killing of Khashoggi, had warned Saudi dissidents that those hiding behind fake names on Twitter would meet punishment.

Last month, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Turkish evidence indicates that Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, shifting its explanation in an apparent effort to ease worldwide outrage over the death.

Al-Jasser had been forcibly taken by Saudi authorities in March, prominent human rights activist Yahya Assiri told The New Arab. Assiri, Saudi dissident and the founder of the ALQST human rights organisation, lives in the United Kingdom after he secured political asylum there. Yet some of those implicated in the killing are close to the crown prince, including a member of the prince's entourage on foreign trips who was seen at the consulate before Khashoggi's slaying. "Saudi Arabia could resolve this by making this 15 talk", Erdoğan said.

"Saudi Arabia needs to accept that [the killer] is among the 18 and needs to get rid of the suspicion by responding to Turkey's good will and acting fairly", he said.

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