Jamal Khashoggi murder: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirms Canada received audio of Saudi journalist's killing

| 13.11,18. 02:16 AM |

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirms Canada received audio of Saudi journalist's killing

Photo: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed his country has the recordings of Mr Khashoggi's killing. (AP: Kamil Zihnioglu

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has became the first Western leader to acknowledge his country had received the recordings of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Canada has been fully briefed up on what Turkey had to share," Mr Trudeau said from the Canadian Embassy in Paris, where he was attending the Peace Forum following the WWI Armistice centenary.

Turkey has said it has given copies of the recording to several western countries including the US, France, Germany and Britain.

Mr Trudeau said he had not personally listened to the tapes, but said he had been speaking with the Turkish President.

"Canada's intelligence agencies have been working very closely on this issue with Turkish intelligence and Canada has been fully briefed on what Turkey had to share and I had a conversation with Erdogan a couple of weeks ago and here in Paris we had brief exchanges," he said.

He did not disclose what the audio revealed.

Photo: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says Saudi Arabia must take action to rid itself of "suspicion". (Reuters: Tumay Berkin)

"We continue to be engaged with our allies on the investigation into accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and we are in discussions with our like-minded allies as to the next steps with regard Saudi Arabia," Mr Trudeau said.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed on October 2 by a team sent from Riyadh but his body has yet to be found.

It has been reported that Khashoggi was strangled, dismembered and his body dissolved in chemicals.

Saudi Arabia insisted for weeks after Khashoggi disappeared that he had walked out of the consulate, before changing its account to say he died in a brawl.

Subsequently, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, shifting its explanation in an apparent effort to ease international outrage over the death, but characterising it a a "rogue" operation by Saudi agents who exceeded their authority.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly stated that the killing was ordered by the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

Despite Canada's confirmation it has the tapes, France has denied that it has even been provided with a copy of the tape, accusing Turkey of playing "political" games.

"That means he has a political game in this situation," Mr Le Drian said. "If the Turkish president has information to give to us, he must give it to us."

Britain and the US are also increasing their involvement in the case, with CIA director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey last month for information on the investigation, reported to have heard the audio recordings of the killing.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt became the first British minister to visit Saudi Arabia since the killing.

He met with King Salman and was expected to meet the crown prince and press Saudi authorities to fully cooperate with Turkish investigators.

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