But claims that he was killed during a fight. Earlier, Saudi Arabia denied involvement in the death of a journalist and stated that Khashoggi had left the embassy.
The Saudi regime announced a purge among high-ranking officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, an influential adviser to the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, a high-ranking intelligence officer. Both were fired. At about 1:00 am local time on Saturday, the Saudi prosecutor announced that 18 Saudi citizens had been arrested in connection with the death of Hashoggi.
A preliminary investigation conducted by the public prosecution in the case of the disappearance of citizen Jamal Khashoggi showed that the discussion that took place between him and the persons he met with during his stay at the consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul resulted in a quarrel and a fight. died. The State Prosecutor confirms that the investigation of this case is continuing in relation to (18) persons who are citizens of Saudi Arabia. We are preparing to establish all the facts and declare them, as well as bring to justice all those involved in this case.
General Ahmed Al-Asiri was the chief architect of the war with Yemen and was previously a representative of a coalition led by Saudi Arabia in the kingdom war against the Hussite rebels in Yemen.
The current explanation is at odds with other reports about how Khashoggi died. Turkish officials told the NY Times that they have audio evidence that Khashoggi was tortured, killed, and then dismembered by Saudi citizens.
It also contradicts the previous story about the events of the Government of Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had previously told Bloomberg that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived there . Reports of the brutality and political nature of the murder triggered calls for sanctions against Saudi Arabia by some US lawmakers, and leading US companies refused to attend the upcoming Saudi Investment Conference.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also released a statement.
Statement on Saudi Arabia Investigation: pic.twitter.com/DjBdwZAGAi
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 19, 2018
US Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat and member of the House Intelligence Committee’s intelligence committee, said the Saudi report on how Hashoggi died is not credible.
The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life.
The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 19, 2018
The allegation that Khashoggi was killed during a fight with 15 people sent from Saudi Arabia is completely unreliable. If he fought with those who were sent to catch or kill him, it was necessary for his life. The kingdom must be held accountable. If the administration does not impose sanctions, Congress must do so.
According to the NY Times, US intelligence agencies previously intercepted reports from Saudi officials who were discussing a plan to return Hashoghi to Saudi Arabia from his home in Washington and then detain him at a consulate in Istanbul, a former senior American official said. These interceptions were handed over to senators in classified materials last week, which makes it impossible to place them in public space.