Saudi Arabia revealed the preliminary outcomes of its investigation into lacking journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that he died after a “fistfight” within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, state media reported.
The newscast mentioned struggle broke out between Khashoggi and the individuals who met him within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the place he was final seen coming into on October 2.
The struggle led to his demise, in line with the investigation.
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor mentioned the investigation will proceed with a deal with 18 Saudi suspects, who’ve been arrested.
WATCH: Trump calls Saudi announcement about Khashoggi a ‘nice first step’
State tv additionally mentioned that Saud al-Qahtani, an advisor to the royal court docket, and deputy intelligence officer Ahmed El Asiri have been fired from their positions.
Saudi King Salman has ordered the formation of a ministerial committee with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on the head to restructure the final intelligence company, in line with the newscast.
Saturday’s feedback are the primary time since Khashoggi went lacking that Saudi Arabia has mentioned he’s useless.
Turkish officers mentioned after an investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance that he was killed and dismembered contained in the consulate by members of an assassination squad with ties to bin Salman — a report that Saudi Arabia had dismissed.
The White Home mentioned on Friday in an announcement it had seen the announcement of Saudi Arabia’s probe into the demise of Khashoggi and would proceed to press for “justice that’s well timed, clear, and in accordance with all due course of.”
U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned that the Saudis’ report is a “good first step” and that he discovered it credible, though he referred to as the allegation that Khashoggi died after a fistfight a “principle.” He additionally mentioned what occurred is “unacceptable.”
WATCH: Canada’s ex-ambassador on coping with Saudi Arabia
Nonetheless, Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been sharply crucial of Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Khashoggi, mentioned on Friday he was extremely skeptical of the Saudi rationalization.
“To say that I’m skeptical of the brand new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement,” Graham mentioned on Twitter.
— With information from Reuters
© 2018 International Information, a division of Corus Leisure Inc.