Saudi Arabia Confirms Khashoggi Dead, Claims Killed in Fight

20 October, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

New York, October 19, 2018-Saudi state media today reported that the country's attorney general has confirmed prominent journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in the country's Turkey consulate, The Associated Press reported.

This, the statement added, "resulted in the formation of the Joint Investigation Team between the Kingdom and the Republic of Turkey and the permission to the Turkish authorities to enter the premisses [sic] of the Consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul and the residence of the consul, for the Kingdom keenness to know all the facts".

However, the sources said Ankara is extremely concerned that the suspects will be arrested and executed by Saudi authorities before Turkish investigators can have the opportunity to question them.

Khashoggi disappeared after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But, amid calls to rethink Britain's arms sales and security alliance with Saudi, he said any United Kingdom response would be "considered" and take the "strategic relationship" between the two nations into account.

Oct 19: Saudi television says that a preliminary investigation has found that Mr Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight at the Saudi consulate.

If US president Donald Trump's Republican administration do not hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Mr Khashoggi's death, congress would, he added. "But I would prefer that we don't use as retribution, canceling the $110 billion-worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs".

Despite Trump's apparent satisfaction with the Saudi statement, politicians including Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham expressed scepticism about the kingdom's account, which was vastly different from that given by Turkish officials, who said an "assassination squad" sent by the kingdom had killed and dismembered Mr Khashoggi.


Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who earlier this week said in a televised interview that Prince Mohammed "has got to go", added: "To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement".

Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN the Saudi explanation "absolutely defies credibility" and he called for an worldwide investigation of Khashoggi's death. "It is unsafe for Saudi Arabia, for the region".

The Spokeman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, released a statement extending the UN Chief, Antonio Guterres', condolences to Khashoggi's family and friends.

His Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, tweeted in Arabic: "The heart grieves, the eye tears, and with your separation we are saddened, my dear Jamal".

The Saudi king also ordered the setting up of ministerial committee under the chairmanship of the crown prince to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency and "define its powers accurately", state media said.

Khashoggi died following a "fistfight" at the consulate, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The talk between Khashoggi and the suspect "did not go as required and escalated negatively which led to a fight between them and the citizen / Jamal Khashoggi, which aggregated the situation and led to his death".

He added that discussions with Khashoggi in the consulate "did not go as required and developed in a negative way, leading to a fight" that in turn led to the journalist's death "and to their attempt to hide and cover what happened".

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