Jamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist's death

Arturo Kim
October 21, 2018

After days of conjecture, reports and 24 hours since U.S. President Donald Trump said "certainly looks like" Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabia has confirmed this fact.

Saudi state media on Saturday said Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul in what was described as a "brawl" between the journalist and "suspects" who had come to meet with him.

'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.

Khashoggi's death showed 'just how unsafe it is to have people acting with a sense that they have impunity in their relationship with United States, ' he said. Saudi TV also confirmed that General Ahmad al-Asiri, deputy director of General Intelligence Directorate, was sacked over the incident.

Among them is two-star Major General Ahmed Al-Asiri, Deputy of the Intelligence Services, who is also one the highest ranking officials with close ties to the Saudi crown prince.

The annoucement, which came in a tweet from the Saudi foreign ministry, said that an initial investigation by the government's general prosecutor found that Khashoggi been in discussions with people inside the consulate when a quarrel broke out, escalating to a fatal fist fight.

Saudi King Salman has ordered an investigation and the formation of a ministerial committee which will be headed by the Crown Prince.

Khashoggi (pictured above center) was a Saudi citizen but worked for the newspaper with a temporary US residency card.

Mr Trump says he'll work with Congress on what the United States response should be, but that he'd prefer not to hurt American companies and jobs by cutting billions of dollars in arms sales to the kingdom.

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"Nothing has been cleared up yet [on Khashoggi's killing], of course we demand that they be cleared up", Merkel said on Saturday, during a party conference in eastern Germany.

He added that discussions with Khashoggi in the consulate "did not go as required and developed in a negative way, leading to a fight" that in turn led to the journalist's death "and to their attempt to hide and cover what happened".

Oct 6: Turkish officials say they believe the columnist was killed inside the consulate, before being moved elsewhere.

In a statement on Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will closely follow global investigations into Mr Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process". Saudi officials have roundly denied that Prince Mohammed had any involvement.

"They have been a great ally in the Middle East".

"I will remain a loyal servant to my country for all times", he wrote.

"To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement", he said.

The kingdom "depends on God alone, then on the wisdom of its leadership and the unity of its sons to fight false allegations", he added.

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