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Saudi Investigation: Deadly Fight at Consulate

by Oui 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".

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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. :)

`The Saudis will find a scapegoat' for Khashoggi, says exiled Prince Khalid | DW |

In an interview with DW, Prince Khalid bin Farhan al-Saud accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being behind the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He currently lives in exile in Germany.

DW: You are closely following disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What do you make of the most recent developments in the case?

Prince Khalid bin Farhan: I can say that Khashoggi had ties with the royal family and that he objected to being labeled as an opposition figure. He did not pose any political danger to the royal family. Even in his criticism, he was cautious. I don't see him as having been a direct threat to the Saudi government.

DW: What information do you have exactly?

PK: I know the mentality of the political leader in Saudi Arabia, King Salman. He ruled the province of Riyadh for 50 years. He resorted to violence because he had no political experience, but was bestowed with great power. Now that he has finally become king, he is ruling with the same political style -- also in international affairs.

DW: Does that mean that orders to kill always come from the very top -- in other words, from King Salman?

PK: Correct. It is well known that opposition voices who were kidnapped from Europe had their fates sealed by orders from the king. The more prominent dissidents were personally punished by order of the king. It is the king who gives the orders.

It is the same with Jamal Khashoggi, the world-renowned journalist from The Washington Post. When such an act is carried out, naturally it requires the consent of the head of government.

I could not say that King Salman is directly involved but I believe the decision and the implementation of the killing leads to his son, Mohammed.

With admittance Jamal Khashoggi is dead, the MbS politics is moving fast across the globe and Arab world ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 20th, 2018 at 06:32:41 AM EST
"Hand-to-hand fight" is apparently Arabic for "their hands on his hands cutting his fingers off".
by rifek on Tue Oct 23rd, 2018 at 08:10:31 PM EST

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