Call after Khashoggi’s killing: ‘Tell your boss mission is accomplished’

Call after Khashoggi’s killing: ‘Tell your boss mission is accomplished’

Luggage carried by a 15-member Saudi team dispatched to Istanbul included scissors, defibrillators and syringes that may have been used against journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate, a pro-government Turkish daily said on Tuesday.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said the audio recording of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing does not have any evidence implicating Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The brazen murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi insider-turned-critic and prominent Washington Post columnist, has caused intense speculation over what, if anything, bin Salman might have known about the operation.

The newspaper also alleged that the person who made the phone call was the crown prince's former bodyguard Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.

Erdogan told reporters that after the intelligence officer had heard the recording, he said: "I guess they were on heroin; only someone who is on heroin would do such a thing". In fact, when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recording he was so shocked that he said 'this one probably took heroin.

"The crown prince says "I will clarify the matter, I will do what is necessary".

Turkish officials have said Khashoggi was strangled nearly immediately upon entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul on October 2 in order to obtain papers he needed for his upcoming marriage, and that his body was then dismembered and disposed of.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post who is known for being a critic of MBS, was killed on October 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Speaking to reporters in Singapore ahead of a regional summit, Bolton said he hasn't listened to the recording himself, however.

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

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Trump has also emphasised America's important commercial, strategic and national security relationships with Saudi Arabia, as well as lucrative arms contracts, as key reasons for remaining close to the Gulf kingdom.

"No Saudi prince has ever done this ever in its history", Baer said.

Bolton shares with Saudi Arabia a hawkish stance against Riyadh's biggest Middle East rival Iran, and he championed Washington's resumption of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

"The killing of Jamal Khashoggi is a truly horrific crime".

Asked again if the audio tape provided by Turkey did not link Prince Mohammed to the killing in any way, Bolton said: "I haven't listened to the tape myself but in the assessment of those who have listened to it, that is right". We are waiting patiently, ' Erdogan said, adding that the perpetrators of the killing were among 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Mohammed praised these sacrifices, "which will always be the pride of the leadership and the nation with all its components", a statement from the Saudi Press Agency read.

Saudi officials said the Turks have not provided audio to them that includes the phrase "tell your boss".

"It must be revealed who gave them the order to murder".

Prince Mohammed has tightened his grip in the past year since being appointed Crown Prince last June at the age of 31.

Erdogan has not given details of the contents of the tapes but two sources with knowledge of the issue have said that Turkey has several audio recordings.

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