'Germany, France, Britain, US and Saudi Arabia listened to Khashoggi tapes'

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in London on March 7

The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has expressed "shock and sadness" over unconfirmed reports suggesting that his body may have been dissolved with chemicals.

The heir to the Saudi throne denies he was aware of the plot to kill Khashoggi or the attempted cover-up.

Riyadh said the body had been handed to a local collaborator to dispose of, but Saud al-Mujeb, Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor, later rowed back on that.

Later, a Turkish official said that Saudi Arabia sent two experts to Istanbul with the specific aim of covering up evidence after the murder.

He said, however, that the Saudi team had traveled to Turkey with some special "tools and equipment", adding that the pictures and details of the gadgets will be published by Daily Sabah in the coming days.

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former spy chief, says the country is proud of its judicial system and will never accept an worldwide investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"They [Saudi officials] also listened to the conversations and they know".

Saudi authorities have, however, rejected any involvement by the royal family.

One said he had been told directly by Erdogan that the killers took 7.5 minutes to choke Khashoggi.

At a news conference in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "We gave them the tapes".

Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. They include the 15 members of the alleged assassination squad.

Turkey says Mr Khashoggi, who was critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was strangled and dismembered at the consulate as part of a premeditated plan.

Late last month, a Saudi prosecutor finally admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a planned attack.

Erdogan also accused Mojeb - who visited Istanbul to discuss the investigation with his Turkish counterpart and inspect the Istanbul consulate - of refusing to cooperate.

US officials said on Friday that the Trump administration is ending air refueling flights for the Saudi military campaign in Yemen and preparing sanctions against Saudis linked to the killing.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron and his USA counterpart Donald Trump agree that more details needed from Saudi Arabia on journalist Khashoggi's death, Reuters reported Saturday, citing French presidency sources.



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