October 20, 2018: Saudi Arabia has finally admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead after offering various explanations for his disappearance more than two weeks ago. the daily mail
The country has carried out its own investigation into what happened to the 59-year-old at its own consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and claimed Friday evening he died following an altercation on October 2.
This is the latest claim made by the kingdom, which earlier said Khashoggi had left the consulate alive and well.
And President Donald Trump has said he believes the explanation for the journalist’s death is credible, despite previous reports torturers severed the journalist’s fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded and dismembered him.
A statement released by the Saudis, said the suspects got into a fight with Khashoggi, which lead to his death.
‘While the investigations are still ongoing into the case with the 18 Saudi detainees, the Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place,’ it added.
Saudi Arabia thanked Turkey for its ‘exceptional cooperation’ in the investigation. It added that it values Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s cooperation in investigating the case.
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.
The vague statement has not explained exactly how he died, but the suspects then apparently tried to cover it up.
A Saudi official told Reuters it was unclear where the body was after it was handed over to a ‘local cooperator’ but there was no sign of it at the consulate.
Saudi has not yet named any of their suspects.
Saudi Arabia’s statement on Jamal Khashoggi in full
The case of the disappearance of the citizen Jamal bin Ahmed Khashoggi drew the attention of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the highest levels, and due to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, the Kingdom took the necessary procedures to clarify the truth and began by dispatching a security team to Turkey on 6 October 2018 to investigate and cooperate with counterparts in Turkey.
That was followed by the formation of a joint security team between the Kingdom and the Republic of Turkey, with a permission given to the Turkish security authorities to enter the Consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul and the residence of the Consul, for the Kingdom’s keenness to clarify all the facts, as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued an order to the Public Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, No. 5709 dated 3/2/1440 H to conduct investigations into the case.
The Public Prosecutor has already investigated a number of suspects on the basis of information provided by the Turkish authorities to the Joint Security Team to determine whether any of them had any information or relation to what has been happened related where the information that transferred to the security authorities indicated that the citizen Jamal Khashoggi had left the consulate.
In implementation to the directives of the leadership of the need to clearly know the truth and declare it transparently whatever, the preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution showed that the suspect had traveled to Istanbul to meet with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi as there were indications of the possibility of his returning back to the country.
The results of the preliminary investigations also revealed that the discussions that took place with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi during his presence in the consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul by the suspects did not go as required and developed in a negative way led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them and the citizen Jamal Khashoggi, yet the brawl aggravated to lead to his death and their attempt to conceal and cover what happened.
The source added that while the investigations are still ongoing into the case with the 18 Saudi detainees, the Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice by referring them to the competent courts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.