Turkey ‘shares all evidence’ with CIA chief relating to Khashoggi killing
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Turkey ‘shares all evidence’ with CIA chief relating to Khashoggi killing

Pro-government media says video images, audio tapes, and other material gathered from the consulate and the consul’s residence were shared with Gina Haspel

Turkish police crime scene investigators, looking for possible clues into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, walk toward an underground parking lot, where authorities had found a vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate, in Istanbul, October 23, 2018. (AP/Emrah Gurel)
Turkish police crime scene investigators, looking for possible clues into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, walk toward an underground parking lot, where authorities had found a vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate, in Istanbul, October 23, 2018. (AP/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish intelligence has shared “all the evidence” over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported on Wednesday.

CIA Director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi, inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate.

Video images and audio tapes as well as evidence gathered from the consulate and the consul’s residence were shared with Haspel during the briefing at the Turkish Intelligence Organization (MIT), Sabah newspaper reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of pointing the blame at the Saudi leadership for the death of the Saudi insider-turned-critic.

Gina Haspel testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on her nomination to be the next CIA director in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN)

But, he said in a keynote speech on Tuesday, the murder was meticulously planned, demanding that all those involved brought to justice.

Khashoggi, 59, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi mission to obtain documents for his wedding.

‘Savage murder’

Speaking at a ceremony in Ankara, Erdogan on Wednesday vowed that Turkey would not allow the culprits to get away with their “savage murder.”

“We are determined not to allow any cover up of this murder and for all those responsible from those who gave the command to those who executed it — not to escape justice,” he said.

“We are not implicating anyone,” he added, saying that Ankara would be transparent as it gathers more evidence that shed light on the “dark sides” of the murder.

In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location. (Metafora Production via AP)

“It is not over yet,” he said. “We are unraveling, dismantling (the case) and the world is closely following.”

The whereabouts of Khashoggi’s corpse still remain unknown.

Erdogan said on Tuesday that a 15-person team came from Riyadh to kill Khashoggi, including by carrying out reconnaissance outside Istanbul and deactivating security cameras at the consulate.

Turkish police searched the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, and the consul general’s residence, as well as hunting for evidence in an Istanbul forest.

On Tuesday, the police searched an abandoned car belonging to the Saudi consulate in an underground car park in the Sultangazi district of Istanbul.

The Saudi leadership has denied involvement in the murder and instead blamed the chain of command.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “strongly said that he had nothing to do with this, this was at a lower level,” US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, adding he had spoken on Monday to the prince and to his father King Salman.

Saudi King Salman, right, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second right, receive Sahel, a family member, and Salah, a son, of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 23, 2018. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

Turkish pro-government media has claimed that Ankara has audio tapes of the killing.

Last week, the Turkish government denied giving “any kind of audio tape” from the investigation to any US official.

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