Turkey shared Khashoggi recordings with Saudi, US and others

Traces of acid, chemicals found in Saudi consul’s home – source

Traces of acid, chemicals found in Saudi consul’s home – source

A Democratic lawmaker at the US House of Representatives is reportedly planning to introduce a bill that bans Saudi Arabia from acquiring nuclear weapons in retaliation for the regime's murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey says the Washington Post columnist, who was critical of the Saudi crown prince, was strangled and dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 by a 15-member assassination squad.

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

"They [Saudi officials] also listened to the conversations and ... they know for certain who among the 15 is the killer or are the killers", he said.

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.

An advisor to Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, suggested last week that the body may have been dissolved in acid.

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. They include the 15 members of the alleged assassination squad.

Following a meeting on Saturday in Paris, US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron agreed that the Saudi authorities needed to shed full light on Khashoggi's murder, a French presidency source said.

It would also force the administration to tell Congress that Saudi Arabia must abide by the agreement's "Gold Standard" and an inspections agreement with the world's nuclear watchdog.

Last week, Turkish prosecutors announced preliminary findings that said Khashoggi was strangled to death in a premeditated killing soon after he entered the consulate.

MEE has previously revealed that seven of those sent to kill Khashoggi were members of the crown prince's personal security detail.

Samples taken from the drains at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul showed traces of acid, pro-government daily Sabah said, without quoting sources.

"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", Erdogan said.

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