It is here reported that Saudi Arabia admitted that the brutally murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. In a statement released by the authorities, Jammal Khashoggi was said to have died in brawl. It however made no mention of where his body is.
Preliminary results of investigations showed the dissident writer died after a fight broke out inside the building shortly after he entered, the official SPA press agency said on Saturday.
Accordding to reports, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said Khashoggi died after “discussions” at the consulate devolved into an altercation.
“Discussions that took place between him and the persons who met him … at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a fist fight with the citizen, Jamal Khashoggi, which led to his death, may his soul rest in peace,” the attorney general said in a statement.
In what appears to be a move to demonstrate the authorities’ resolve to ensure that justice is dispensed, he went further to explain that “The investigations are still under way and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested.”
Royal court adviser, Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Asiri were said to have been fired from their positions, according to the statement.
It remains unclear where Khashoggi’s body is following his killing.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who wrote critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s (MBS) rise to power, went missing on October 2 after entering the consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage.
The international community has expressed deep worry and anxiety over the development and do hope that the authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would leave no stone unturned in doing the needful to decisively forestall a repeat of such a dastardly act.