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Khashoggi 'torture kit': Turkish government reveals airport X-rays of Saudi hitmen's luggage

Khashoggi 'torture kit': Turkish government reveals airport X-rays of Saudi hitmen's luggage

The U.S. official's takeaways from the audio recordings, which are allegedly from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was killed on october 2, are contrary to other reports.

'The recordings are really appalling.

"The president has also said that this is an incredibly important relationship [between the USA and Saudi Arabia] that he wants to sustain, and that he doesn't see that affecting the arms sales", Bolton said.

The case has brought near unprecedented global scrutiny on Saudi Arabia and its powerful crown prince, whom Khashoggi had openly criticized.

Speaking in Singapore, where he's attending a regional summit, Bolton said he hadn't heard the recording himself.

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. "Only someone who took heroin would do it, '" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak.

That "boss" is believed to be MBS, several U.S. intelligence sources told the Times, which, if true, would put added pressure on the United States to reexamine its relationship with Riyadh and the crown prince in particular.

"It's obvious that this murder was premeditated and that the order came from above", it cited Erdogan as saying on his way back from Paris where he met President Donald Trump.

Pressing ahead with moves to maintain pressure on Saudi Arabia, Erdogan said the crown prince had told Turkish envoys that he would shed light on the October 2 killing at the kingdom's consulate and do what was "necessary".

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Regarding the murder, Turkey has been also sharing information with other countries in order to increase efforts to uncover the details of the murder.

Saudi state media said King Salman sacked him and other officials over the killing, and a senior Saudi official said last month that Qahtani had been detained.

"And certainly that is not the position of the Saudi government", he said.

"He still has the same influence", one of the sources said.

The latest move of worldwide community to pressure Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, came on Monday from the U.K. The British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met with King Salman, MBS and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday in Riyadh regarding the issue.

He also supervised the brief detention, humiliation and beating of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri a year ago.

The audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is so "atrocious" that a Saudi intelligence official who heard it speculated that "only someone who took heroin" could carry it out, Turkey's president was quoted as saying Tuesday. Reuters could not immediately verify the Sabah report.

They include the killing itself and conversations before the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered, the sources said. Media reports have suggested that his body could have been chemically dissolved as it has not yet been found.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the first high-ranking British official to travel to Riyadh since the diplomatic crisis over Khashoggi's death emerged, told reporters from the Saudi capital Monday that he thinks those responsible for the killing will soon be brought to justice.


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