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

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"Sometimes I feel that ... he wants to enjoy the fruits of first-world modernity and Silicon Valley and cinemas and everything, but at the same time he wants also to rule like how his grandfather ruled Saudi Arabia", Khashoggi told Newsweek.

The Saudi government on Friday admitted that Jamal Khashoggi died at their consulate in Istanbul, but claimed that he died in a fistfight - contrary to the Turkish government's contention that the Washington Post columnist was killed and dismembered at the direction of the kingdom's leadership.

"We're going to find out who knew what when and where".

Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.

Saudi Arabia had denied news reports that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, but pressure has been building on the Saudi government more than two weeks to explain what happened to him after he entered the consulate earlier this month.

The Saudi government's version of Khashoggi's death has shifted since his disappearance on October 2.

October 3: In a wide-ranging interview, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman tells Bloomberg he understands that Khashoggi left the consulate after "a few minutes or one hour".

But who are these two men?

Oct 15: Turkish sleuths search the consulate.

Where is the evidence that has been repeatedly referred to by the Turkish authorities?


US President Donald Trump initially pledged "severe punishment" for those responsible for Khashoggi's murder, but later urged presumption of innocence for Riyadh and said he found the kingdom's account credible.

The White House issued a statement in response to the Saudi state media report, saying, "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".

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.

He told the BBC: 'I don't think he would have done this if he hadn't thought he had license from the US administration to frankly behave as he wished to do so'.

Congressman Jim Costa said that he was appalled by the reports that Saudi officials were involved in the death of Khashoggi.

Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions by the Saudi King in the investigation of Khashoggi's death. Saudi officials previously said the journalist had left the embassy alive and later that he had fallen victim to "rogue" elements. It depends on the conclusions from the Turkish investigation, said Butter.

A Conservative MP in the county is facing questions over payments of more than £40,000 he received as an advisor to an organisation based in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired.

"There's, as ever, a lot of conflicting interests here in each of the countries that sell weapons they consider SA to be an important client so it's an awkward situation", he said.

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