Jamal Khashoggi, who was an outspoken critic of Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October second.
Speaking ahead of his departure for France to attend commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Erdogan said Saudi Arabia knows the killer of Jamal Khashoggi is among a group of 15 people who arrived in Turkey one day ahead of the 2 October killing. "They all know since they all listened to the conversations and everything", he said in a televised speech. There is no need to distort this.
Turkey says Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered by a 15-member assassination squad. The existence of the recordings was leaked to the media but never openly confirmed until now.
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Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, suggested last week the body may have been dissolved in acid.
The Turkish minister explained that Ankara asked Riyadh to extradite the men Saudi detained for their involvement in Khashoggi's murder to Turkey for questioning.
Sources told Al Jazeera on Saturday that Turkish police ended the search for Khashoggi's body, but that the criminal investigation into the Saudi journalist's murder will continue.
After more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate.
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Last month, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Turkish evidence indicates that Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, shifting its explanation in an apparent effort to ease global outrage over the death.
Mr Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, who was sent to Istanbul last month as part of a joint probe, of employing "delaying tactics".
"Saudi Arabia needs to accept that (the killer) is among the 18 and needs to get rid of the suspicion by responding to Turkey's good will and acting fairly", Erdogan said.
Al-Jasser had been forcibly taken by Saudi authorities in March, prominent human rights activist Yahya Assiri told The New Arab. Assiri, Saudi dissident and the founder of the ALQST human rights organisation, lives in the United Kingdom after he secured political asylum there.
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