Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he’s given the US and three other countries an audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi being murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
It’s the first time Erdogan has publicly acknowledged the existence of a recording of the crime.
He’s previously accused top Saudi officials of orchestrating Khashoggi’s brutal slaying Oct. 2.
“We gave them the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them,” Erdogan said.
The White House did not confirm receiving the recording.
President Trump has condemned the slaying of Khashoggi, a resident alien who lived in Virginia, and a contributor to the Washington Post.
But he has shied away from blaming Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Turkey says Khashoggi, a critic of bin Salman, was strangled and dismembered at the consulate in a premeditated crime.
Erdogan discussed the matter with Trump at a dinner Saturday in France, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Separately, the Pentagon said late Friday the US would no longer refuel Saudi planes bombing Yemen in the civil war raging there.
The move came amid reports of high civilian casualties in the brutal conflict.
With Post Wire Services