Here’s Saudi Arabia’s Explanation For How Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Died

Saudi Arabia has  claimed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of a fist fight with officials at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, according to an announcement made on Saudi state television.

Khashoggi disappeared after visiting the country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, is dead. Riyadh claimed that he was killed in a “fist-fight” with Saudi officials. He had gone to the consulate to complete paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, and was never seen leaving.  His fiancée was waiting outside for several hours.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place in this case and affirms the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the attention of the public and to hold accountable all those involved,” the Saudi statement read.

Eighteen Saudi nationals were said to have been arrested.

Days after Khasoggi’s disapearance, Turkish officials said they believed he was killed in the building, an allegation that Saudi Arabia had, until now, strenuously denied.

A follow-up statement, released by the Saudi Arabian ministry of foreign affairs, claimed that discussions between Khashoggi and Saudi officials at the consulate “did not go as required and escalated negatively which led to a fight between them … and led to his death”. It also claimed that officials, referred to as “suspects”, were involved in a “cover-up”.

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

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