Le Drian: France does not have Khashoggi tapes, Erdogan playing ‘political game’

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said that France was not in possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as far as he was aware, contradicting remarks by Turkey’s president.

Erdogan on Saturday said that France, Germany and Britain had been handed the tapes, but in an interview on France 2, Le Drian said this was not the case, as far as he knew.

Asked if that meant Erdogan was lying, Le Drian said: “It means that he has a political game to play in these circumstances.”

Bandar Al Aiban, President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia had told the United Nations top human rights body earlier in November that it was investigating the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate last month with an aim of prosecuting the perpetrators.

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