Canadian intelligence has heard Khashoggi tapes, says Trudeau

Canadian intelligence has heard Khashoggi tapes, says Trudeau

By late October, Saudi Arabia's attorney general said he believed Khashoggi's killing was "premeditated".

On Monday, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, became the first western leader to confirm the tapes' existence, telling reporters in Paris that Canadian officials had listened to the recordings.

After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate, five high-ranking officials were dismissed, including bin Salman's media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service.

A diplomatic dispute broke out between France and Turkey after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Ankara of playing political games in the murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post writer, Jamal Khashoggi.

"Our intelligence shared information with them on Oct 24, including the voice recordings", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"The recording is really disastrous", he said in quotes published by Sabah.

American intelligence officials said "your boss" was a reference to MbS.

"Even, the intelligence officer of the Saudis was shocked when he listened to the recording, as he said "this guy (perpetrator) is perhaps using heroin, only a man on heroin can do such a thing", Erdogan told the media on his return from Paris where he attended the centenary of the Armistice Day, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects who have been detained in Saudi Arabia, so they can be put on trial in Turkey.

Canada had been fully informed of "what had to admit Turkey", he said during his visit in Paris.

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Le Drian had questioned remarks by Erdogan at the weekend in which he said Turkey gave tapes relating to Khashoggi's killing to the United States, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France and Britain.

The Saudi officer, Erdogan said, posited the theory that whoever was responsible "must have taken heroin".

During a meeting on Saturday President Trump and President Macron agreed Saudi authorities must do more to shed light on the murder, according to Reuters.

Turkish officials have said that the audio does not conclusively implicate Crown Prince Mohammed, and USA intelligence and other government officials have cautioned that however compelling the recording may be, it is still not irrefutable evidence of his involvement in the death of Khashoggi.

Also Monday, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was in Saudi Arabia where he met King Salman and was expected to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We are waiting patiently, It must be revealed who gave them the order to murder".

The Saudi crown prince is a close ally of US President Donald Trump, and on Tuesday National Security Advisor John Bolton attempted to contradict the NYT's intelligence sources' claims.

"We played the recordings regarding this murder to everyone who wanted them from us".

Earlier last month, a Turkish newspaper reported that Khashoggi had received a call from the prince after he was intercepted at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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