‘I know how to cut well,’ Erdoğan quotes Saudi forensic expert as saying on Khashoggi murder
Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, the head of forensic medicine at the Saudi interior ministry
“[The Saudi] intelligence chief is heard saying in the recording that it is a disaster because this man [Khashoggi] has been drugged. ‘I know how to cut well,’ the other man responds. Why? Because he is a forensic expert. He is a senior military guy. Everything is there in the recordings,” Erdoğan said in a speech at the Jerusalem Platform event in Istanbul on Dec. 14.
Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, the head of forensic medicine at the Saudi interior ministry, and Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former diplomat and current intelligence official close to Prince Mohammed, were involved in the murder, Turkish officials said.
After producing various contradictory explanations, Riyadh acknowledged Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, blaming the act on a botched rendition operation and detained 21 people, including the 15-member hit squad Turkey identified.
People are not stupid, Erdoğan slams crown prince
“The crown prince initially said that Khashoggi had left the consulate. Is Jamal Khashoggi a child? He had a fiancée waiting for him outside. Wouldn’t he leave after taking her? These people think the world is stupid. People are not stupid and they will call you to account,” Erdoğan said.
Since the murder, Turkish officials quoted parts from the recording and shared it with other countries’ authorities without publishing the whole audio publicly.
“We are open to everyone. Saudi Arabia wanted to take away [the evidence of the murder], but sorry, it is too much. You can listen to them, you can see them, but you cannot take them away. Should we give it away so that you can destroy them?” the Turkish president asked.
Earlier Dec. 14, Erdoğan said audio recordings indicate that those closest to the crown prince have assumed an active role in the murder.
He added that Khashoggi’s killing was not something to put aside, and the subject is clear in all aspects.
Riyadh did not accept to forward the murder case to an international investigation or to extradite suspects to Turkey for trial.