Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Saudi Arabia confirms Jamal Khashoggi was killed in ‘brawl’ inside Istanbul consulate

Saudi Arabia confirms Jamal Khashoggi was killed in ‘brawl’ inside Istanbul consulate

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Saudi officials confirmed the death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi this evening, announced in dead of night, Saudi time.

The state-run Anadolu Agency also quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying that Turkey would share "with the world" the results of its investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

US President Donald Trump called the death of Khashoggi "unacceptable", but said he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation of what happened was credible.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who lived in suburban Washington, was a former insider who turned into a critic of the kingdom's direction under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The other official let go, Saud al-Qahtani, managed the royal family's media relations.

While it fired officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom stopped short of implicating the heir-apparent of the world's largest oil exporter.

"We will continue to closely follow the worldwide investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process", the White House Press Secretary said.

Trump and his administration have drawn criticism for being slow to rebuke Riyadh, and the White House statement on Friday did not indicate a particular stance on the Saudi announcement.

At least one of the suspects traveled to Istanbul for the goal of meeting with Khashoggi, according to a statement from the Saudi Press Agency.

The vague statement has not explained exactly how he died, but the suspects then apparently tried to cover it up.

Mr Chishti was paid £2,000 a month as an adviser to the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies from March 2016 until January 31 this year. Meanwhile, Mr Trump floats a theory that the people involved in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance may have been "rogue killers".

Supposedly, a team of 15 Saudis who had arrived in Turkey earlier in the day on two private aircraft, dismembered Khashoggi's body and disposed of it in some as-yet unknown manner.

The public prosecutor said 18 people have been detained in connection with the case, without identifying them.

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Assiri had no immediate comment.

Mr Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get papers required for his upcoming marriage.

A leaked surveillance photo published by the same paper on Thursday showed that a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage during several trips overseas had walked into the Saudi Consulate just before the writer disappeared.

Turkish police searched a forest on Istanbul's outskirts and a city near the Sea of Marmara for Khashoggi's remains, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia thanked Turkey for its "exceptional cooperation" in the investigation.

He disclosed he would work with Congress to orchestrate an appropriate U.S. response.

Saudi Arabia enjoys far greater respect in the Oval Office than in the Capitol.

The president is trying to defend the Saudi regime and specifically Mohammed bin Salman.

According to Castro, this means there has to be an investigation into the potential sharing of intelligence between the US and Saudi Arabia.

He insisted the Saudi leaders had not lied to him when denying prior knowledge of what had happened to Mr Khashoggi, adding that he preferred "retribution [not including] cancelling weapons sales" to the country, which he said the U.S. needed as a counterbalance to Iran.

Human rights groups like Amnesty International separately have been calling for a United Nations investigation into Khashoggi's killing.

Trump said he would be working with Congress on next moves, but "I would prefer that we don't use as retribution canceling $110 billion worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs. we need them as a counterbalance to Iran".

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