White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case, lawmakers criticise Saudi statement

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a "fistfight" in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom said early Saturday, acknowledging the writer's death for the first time.

Saudi Arabia claims that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of a fist fight with officials at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, according to an announcement made on Saudi state television.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders saying Mr Khashoggi's death was a "tragic incident".

"I've seen reporting to that effect".

Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, lived in the U.S., having fled Saudi Arabia in September past year.

"The Secretary-General is deeply troubled by the confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, who earlier this week said in a televised interview that Prince Mohammed "has got to go", added: "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement".

Khashoggi, who has been missing since the beginning of October, went to the consulate to complete paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, and was never seen leaving. Ever since he disappeared on October 2 while visiting the mission, Saudi officials have repeatedly said that he left the consulate alive and that they had no information about his whereabouts or fate.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, on Friday tweeted that Saudi Arabia holds a special place in the Middle East and the world, and any attempt to tarnish the kingdom's reputation and damage its economy would have global ramifications.

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: U.S. asks Turkey for recording evidence
Yeni Safak , which is close to the government, quotes him as telling alleged Saudi agents sent to Istanbul: "Do this outside". A State Department spokeswoman said Pompeo had not heard any audio recording purporting to indicate Khashoggi was killed.

On what basis has the blame been put on the 18 Saudi nationals who have been detained - what is the evidence against them?

Turkish officials have claimed Khashoggi - a harsh critic of the Saudi kingdom - was dismembered inside the Consulate by a team of more than 10 Saudi agents.

An official familiar with the Saudi operation said: 'There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him.

According to Castro, this means there has to be an investigation into the potential sharing of intelligence between the US and Saudi Arabia.

The gist of the explanation that emerged in a late-night flurry of statements via state-run media had been widely trailed - as much by President Donald Trump, who had quickly suggested "rogue killers" were to blame, as anyone else.

An undisclosed number consulate employees in Istanbul were interviewed by prosecutors, the semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported, a day after Turkish authorities began combing through wooded areas outside Istanbul in an apparent search for Khashoggi's remains.

Turkish officials had said they believed he was killed in the building.

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.

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