Fri Oct 19th, 2018 at 11:37:54 PM EST
[Update-1] Official Saudi statement speaks of "hand-to-hand" fight, thus not a "chokehold".
More below the fold ...
Saudi Arabia says journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after 'fist-fight' at consulate | DW |
The preliminary results of a Saudi investigation into missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi confirm that he died at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.
Khashoggi died following a "fist-fight" at the consulate, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
"The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul ... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death," SPA reported, citing the public prosecutor.
"The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested," a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said, adding that royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been sacked from their positions.
○ Saudi Arabia: Powerful, but not omnipotent after Khashoggi affair
Saudi Arabia inquiry finds Khashoggi died after confrontation | The National UAE |
Saudi Arabia has said it is investigating senior intelligence officials who oversaw a botched interrogation of Jamal Khashoggi, the former newspaper editor and advisor, who was killed at the country's consulate in Istanbul.
An official announcement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said Mr Khashoggi died during a confrontation between the Saudi national and the interrogation team. A total of 18 suspects have been detained in relation to the case. They are all Saudi citizens. It was confirmed last night that senior intelligence figure Ahmed Al Assiri and royal court advisor Saud Al Qahtani have both been dismissed.
Leading figures in the royal court had given backing to a plan to question Mr Khashoggi over his political activities in self-declared exile. However the encounter during the consular appointment appears to have taken a tragic turn and members of the interrogation team were now under investigation for the gravest of crimes. Saudi Arabia stated in an official statement Friday night that those responsible will face justice.
Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said in its statement that the investigation was ongoing and pledged that `all those complicit would be held accountable and be brought to justice'.
Elaborating on its preliminary findings, the announcement said: "Discussions that took place between citizen Jamal Khashoggi the persons who met him during his presence at the consulate in Istanbul led to a fist fight and quarrel that caused his death. The kingdom expresses its deep regret."
Note: That paint job of the walls in the Consulate was just a redecoration ... nothing here to see. :)