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

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

Following is a selection of official and unofficial reaction to the Saudi acknowledgment that the prominent Riyadh critic was dead, after denying knowing anything of his fate for more than two weeks. Otherwise, I think it's pretty safe to conclude why the Saudis were there in the first place from what happened. We are considering the Saudi report and our next steps. He says it's important that Saudi Arabia made arrests.

Celik said it was Turkey's "debt of honour" to reveal what happened.

Some US lawmakers however were unpersuaded by Riyadh's account.

The White House issued a statement in response to the Saudi state media report, saying, "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 Saudi kingdom has come under intense pressure to explain Mr Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Istanbul consulate on 2 October to seek paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

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When faced with a threat of potential retributions by the United States and other world powers amid the widening outrage over its alleged complicity in Khashoggi's death, Riyadh finally admitted that the journalist lost his life in a "fist-fight" inside the embassy.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump, accused MbS of ordering Khashoggi's murder and called him a "wrecking ball" jeopardizing relations with the United States. But the growing crisis prompted him to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family told Reuters. The monarch also relieved deputy intelligence chief General Ahmed al-Assiri and ordered the formation of a committee headed by Prince Mohammed to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency.

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

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) simply ignored the Saudi explanation and jumped right into calling for sanctions against the nation, urging a halt to all military sales, aid and cooperation.

"Saudi "explanation" leaves most questions unanswered".

"This appears to have been a deliberate, planned act followed by a cover up", he said in a statement.

Qahtani was also dismissed from his role as aide in the royal court, where he led the crown prince's communications team.




ABC News, citing a senior Turkish official, reported that the recording had been played for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Ankara a day earlier and that he was given a transcript.

A Turkish forensic police officer works in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

With 1.3 million Twitter followers, the firebrand official was known for aggressively targeting dissenters and rivals on the platform.

Crown Prince Salman has been given increasing authority to run the conservative kingdom.

He described Prince Mohammed as "an old-fashioned tribal leader" out of touch with Saudi's poor.

President Donald Trump reportedly wants to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before any further action is taken.

The country served as a base for the US-led coalition during the 1991 Gulf War against Saddam.

The person said Mohammad bin Salman had no knowledge of the operation. "He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back", the official said.

The Saudi public prosecutor didn't disclose details on the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body or who was involved in the altercation.

"Yes, he's not inside", the heir to the Saudi throne said.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Friday allegations regarding Khashoggi would be totally unacceptable if true but any response by Britain would be "considered".

In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors investigating Khashoggi's disappearance questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Friday.

He has not been seen since visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month to collect documents ahead of marrying his Turkish fiancee.

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