Trudeau: Canadian intelligence has heard Jamal Khashoggi death tapes

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2018

Speaking to journalists on board his plane while returning from World War I commemorations in Paris, Erdogan also reportedly said the audio recordings of the killing were so "appalling" that a Saudi intelligence official speculated that the killer may have been on heroin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's intelligence service had hidden "nothing" from foreign counterparts and that officials from many countries, including Saudi Arabia, had listened to voice recordings of the killing.

A reporter asked Trudeau at a press conference in Paris, France if "Canadian agents have heard these recordings".

Mr Trudeau is the first Western leader to confirm his country has listened to the purported tape of the murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

He said Canada's intelligence agencies had been working "very closely" with Turkish intelligence on Khashoggi's killing.

On Monday, Trudeau said he has spoken to Erdogan about the situation, and that he had thanked Erdogan for his "strength" in responding to Khashoggi's death.

He ran social media for Prince Mohammed, masterminded the arrest of hundreds of Saudi Arabia's elite late past year in a campaign Riyadh said aimed at rooting out corruption, and took a harsh line against neighbouring Qatar when Saudi Arabia imposed an economic boycott of the Gulf state in June 2017.

It comes a day after a harrowing account of Khashoggi's final moments emerged.

General Assiri was dismissed last month when the Saudi government acknowledged Khashoggi's killing and said he had organised the operation.

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Prince Mohamed loosened restrictions on women and sought to prepare the economy for a time after oil but also embroiled his country in a war in Yemen, led a boycott of Qatar and engaged in diplomatic spats with Germany and Canada.

However, Saudi officials have denied that the attack was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler, despite several of the men accused of killing Khashoggi being seen in his security detail in the past.

The government has said the arms sales earn Britain billions of pounds and guarantee jobs in the industry, and its response to the Khashoggi killing must bear this in mind.

On Saturday, Erdogan said he had handed over the recordings "to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them".

Erdogan said it was clear the murder had been planned, and that the order came from the top level of Saudi authorities but that he could not think such a thing of King Salman.

Although French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, did not accuse the president of lying he admitted that Turkey was playing a "political game".

Britain and the United States are also increasing their involvement in the case, with Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey last month for information on the investigation, reported to have heard the audio recordings of the killing.

Erdogan added that he told Mr. Trump "there is no need to look elsewhere for the murderers since they are surely among the 18 people detained by Saudi authorities, including the 15-member team that came to Istanbul before Khashoggi's disappearance".

King Salman held talks with British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Monday to discuss the latest developments in the region.

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