Saudi Arabia who offered various explanations for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi two weeks ago, has finally admitted that he is dead.
An earlier claim by the Kingdom, was that Jamal Khashoggi had left the consulate alive and well. However in its recent statement, the Kingdom stated that its investigation into what happened to the 60-year-old at its own consulate in Istanbul, Turkey revealed that he died following an altercation on October 2.
This death confirmation is coming after President Donald Trump, stated that he believes the explanation for the journalist’s death is credible, despite previous reports of torturers severing the journalist’s fingers during an interrogation and later beheading and dismembering him.
The attorney general of Saudi Arabia who spoke on behalf of the Kingdom, in his statement thanked Turkey for its ‘exceptional cooperation’ in the investigation. He also revealed that 18 Saudi officials have been arrested, and are being investigated in connection with the case.
‘Discussions between citizen Jamal Khashoggi and those who met him while he was in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a fist fight, which led to his death.
‘The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested,’ the state prosecutor said in a statement to media. ‘The kingdom expresses its deep regret.’
Saudi Arabia claims the suspects went to Istanbul to meet with Khashoggi over the possibility of him returning to the country. He was trying to obtain documents for a marriage license at the consulate. His death occurred after a heated discussion turned into a quarrel and then a fist fight, they allege.
However Turkish officials said that Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate, by a team of 15 Saudi agents who had flown in to meet him. The Saudi Arabian authorities in its statement, said nothing about the body of the late journalist.