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No independent Khashoggi investigation: Ex-Saudi spy chief

No independent Khashoggi investigation: Ex-Saudi spy chief

No trace of Khashoggi's remains has turned up, even as the 59-year-old journalist's sons appealed on the USA television news network CNN on Sunday for the Saudis to return his body so he can be buried in the major Islamic pilgrimage city of Medina with the rest of his family.

Turkish media had reported earlier in the week - again, always citing anonymous sources - that trace amounts of acid had been discovered in a well at the Saudi consulate property in Istanbul, and in the sewer system around it.

Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, suggested last week that the body may have been dissolved.

Turkey has evidence concerning the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that it has not announced yet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"They also listened to the conversations and they know", Mr Erdogan in a televised speech.

His killing provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington's plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

The Istanbul prosecutor found on October 31 that Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered.

"We gave the tapes".




"We gave it to Saudi Arabia", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the Ankara airport before departing for Paris for commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Donald Trump had previously said that he did not know what happened to Khashoggi and had to wait for evidence, a statement that suggested the USA was not in possession of the recordings.

"The 15 people who came to Istanbul [from Saudi Arabia], who are also among 18 detained by Saudi authorities, surely know who killed Jamal Khashoggi and where his body is".

Last week, Saudi Arabia told the United Nations' top human rights body that it was investigating the murder of Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate last month with a view to prosecuting the perpetrators.

But Riyadh hasn't yet identified the location of the body, despite requests by the sons of the slain Saudi journalist who made an emotional appeal for the return of their father's body, saying they wanted to return to Saudi Arabia to bury him.

After days of denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Saudi Arabian officials said he died in a "brawl" in the consulate but later admitted that he was killed there.

However, Erdogan has accused the "highest levels" of the Saudi government of being behind the murder.

Saudi Arabia has rejected Turkish requests to hand over the suspects arrested over the killing.

"To the Germans, French, English, we gave it to all of them".

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