Saudi Arabia officially confirms the death of Khashoggi in a consulate in Istanbul
Saudi Attorney-General Saud bin Abdullah has announced that preliminary investigations into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have shown his death and 18 people have been arrested as part of the investigation.
"Preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution on the disappearance of the citizen, Jamal bin Ahmad Khashoggi, showed that the discussions that took place between him and the people who met him while he was in the consulate of the kingdom in the Kingdom," the admirer said in a statement issued by the official SPA news agency. Istanbul led to a quarrel and clashing hands with him, which led to his death. "
"The Public Prosecution confirms that its investigations into this case are continuing with the 18 detainees, all of whom are Saudi nationals, in preparation for reaching all facts and declaring all those involved in this case accountable and bringing them to justice."
Saudi Arabia faces widespread international criticism over the disappearance of Khashoggi, who has criticized the kingdom's policies in many areas after entering his consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2.
Earlier, Turkish and Saudi authorities offered conflicting accounts of Khashoggi's whereabouts, which no one has seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Ankara said he did not leave the building while Riyadh insisted he had left shortly after finishing work on his family condition.
Khashoggi was the editor-in-chief of the Saudi daily Al-Watan. He also served as adviser to Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former Saudi ambassador to Washington, but left the country after Prince Mohammed bin Salman was crown prince.
The Saudi journalist has been in the United States for more than a year and since then has written articles in the Washington Post criticizing Saudi policies toward Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen and dealing with the media and activists.
On October 11, one of the closest advisers to the Saudi monarch, Prince of Mecca, Khaled al-Faisal, under the direction of King Salman, visited Turkey, during which Erdogan met, and the two sides agreed to form a joint task force to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance.
King Salman, who according to some media reports, decided to personally intervene to contain the crisis related to the fate of the Saudi journalist, the Attorney General of the Kingdom, launched an internal investigation based on the findings and conclusions of the Joint Task Force.
A number of Western countries and organizations, led by the United States, Britain and the European Union, called on Riyadh to reveal the fate of Khashoggi, while Arab countries expressed their solidarity with Saudi Arabia in the face of threats to impose sanctions if proven involvement in the disappearance of the journalist.
After Saudi Arabia announced the death of Gamal Khashoggi, the US senator said of the Republican Party that "as little as I can say I have doubts about the Saudi declaration of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi."
The White House expressed deep sorrow over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, stressing at the same time that he would press for justice as soon as possible.