Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate by a team sent from Riyadh. Saudi authorities have acknowledged that the killing was premeditated, but his body has not been found.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said audio recordings of the killing had been given to the US, French, German and British governments. Asked on a visit to Paris whether Canadian intelligence had heard the Turkish recordings, Trudeau said, “Yes”, adding that he had not heard them personally.
“Canada has been fully briefed on what Turkey had to share,” he said.
Trudeau said he had also spoken to Erdogan about the issue in Paris.
Canada is part of the so-called five eyes intelligence network which shares information along with the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Trudeau faces a dilemma as an election approaches over how to clamp down on Riyadh over its human rights record while sparing a $13billion (R186bn) arms deal with the kingdom.
He is under pressure to freeze the contract for armoured vehicles built in Canada by US-based General Dynamics, although the deal underpins 3000 jobs in Ontario. Trudeau said he was continuing to talk with allies about accountability for those behind the murder. “We are in discussions with our like-minded allies as to the next steps with regard to Saudi Arabia."
Earlier yesterday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris was not in possession of recordings related to Khashoggi’s killing, apparently contradicting Erdogan’s remarks. “The truth isn’t out yet. We want to know the culprits' identity." Reuters