Justin Trudeau Says Canada Has Heard Recording Of Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder


Erdogan believes the murder occurred at the hands of top Saudi officials, although he said he does not think Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS), for whom he has "limitless respect", could order such an atrocity.

The recording, shared last month with the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, is seen by intelligence officials as some of the strongest evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the killing of Khashoggi, a Virginia resident and Washington Post columnist whose death prompted an global outcry.

Saudi Arabia's prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb has since said Khashoggi's killing was planned in advance, although another Saudi official said Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of the specific operation.

Mr Mutreb is a security officer who frequently travelled with Prince Mohammed, while the other person on the call is believed to be one of the prince's aides.

Asked about the recordings, Hunt declined to comment on intelligence matters but said: "My understanding of what actually happened is not dissimilar to what I've been reading about in the newspapers".

Turkish officials have given audio recordings that detail Khashoggi's final moments to Canada, the United States, Germany, France, Britain and Saudi Arabia.

Canadian intelligence has heard an audio recording of the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed. Media reports have suggested that his body could have been chemically dissolved.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi government, was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage to a Turkish woman.

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Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about the murder several times amid global outcry and intensifying scepticism over its account.

"The Secretary emphasized that the United States will hold all of those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable, and that Saudi Arabia must do the same", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. "Yes", replied Trudeau, adding that he has not himself heard the tapes.

"If the Turkish president has information to give to us, he must give it to us", Le Drian told France 2, a local television network.

The Foreign Secretary is seeking to build support among global, and particularly regional, partners for new action in the UN Security Council to bolster the UN-led peace process, following his meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths at the end of October. "From their reactions I believe they were disturbed about it too", Erdogan said to Hurriyet.

After denying its involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance for weeks, the Saudi government admitted last month that he was killed inside the consulate during a fistfight. Saudi authorities have acknowledged that the killing was premeditated. Saudi Arabia ordered the ambassador to leave the kingdom, froze all new business with Canada and said it would not renew government scholarships for thousands of Saudis studying there.

Trump now says Saudi Arabia misused USA -supplied weapons in the Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen, which has helped trigger the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Before he was ousted last month, Assiri was considered one of Mohammed's closest advisers, a man whose sharp ascent tracked the rise of the young crown prince.

Erdogan did not elaborate on how and when the Saudi official listened to the recording.