Jamal Khashoggi died inside our consulate after a fight, says Saudi Arabia

Jamal Khashoggi died inside our consulate after a fight, says Saudi Arabia

Jamal Khashoggi died inside our consulate after a fight, says Saudi Arabia

However, others have expressed scepticism about Saudi Arabia's claims, including some from Mr Trump's own party.

The President instead insisted he'd prefer "some form of sanction" on Saudi Arabia after the journalist's death. "If the President will not stand up to Saudi Arabia, then we in Congress must stand strong for our nation, our values and journalists throughout the world", Costa said. Pompeo said Riyadh should be given a few more days to complete its own probe.

"The Secretary-General stresses the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi's death and full accountability for those responsible", the spokesman said.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States as a legal permanent resident and worked for "The Washington Post", was last seen on October 2 entering his country's consulate in Istanbul.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, October 2, 2018.

Turkish officials previously said they believe Khashoggi was dismembered.

"The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death", the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.

State media also quotes prosecutors as saying 18 Saudi nationals are being held on suspicion of being involved in the Washington Post columnist's death. Saudi King Salman also had a plan to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services.

However, the prince has been widely blamed for the disappearance of Khashoggi, a fierce critic of his.

The organisation, dedicated to the former king of the Saudi royal family, was launched in 1983.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. was "saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi's death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiancee and friends".

Republican senator Rand Paul in a tweet on Saturday urged the USA to "halt all military sales, aid and cooperation immediately". "There must be a severe price for these actions by Saudi Arabia".

Karen Attiah, The Washington Post's global opinions editor, called the Saudi statement on Khashoggi as "almost insulting".

Trump has repeatedly pointed out that Khashoggi wasn't a USA citizen and on Monday floated the notion that "rogue killers" may have been involved.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there would be "consequences" that would affect British-Saudi ties if Khashoggi was murdered in a brutal way in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In a Twitter thread from August 2017 asking his 1.35 million followers to flag accounts to include in a black list for monitoring, Qahtani wrote: "Do you think I make decisions without guidance?"

The incident has grown into a public relations nightmare for the kingdom and the crown prince in particular. In dispatching Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri, the deputy intelligence chief, Prince bin Salman has lost a key ally.

A USA government source said U.S. intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced of Prince Mohammed's culpability in the operation against Khashoggi, which they believe resulted in his death.

"MbS had no knowledge of this specific operation and certainly did not order a kidnapping or murder of anybody".

The same source familiar with the investigations revealed that a Saudi consulate driver was among those who handed over the body to a "local collaborator".

"As we learn more details of Khashoggi's disappearance, the USA must send a clear message that we will not condone such reprehensible behaviour that goes against our American values". The Saudi official told Reuters, "We don't know for certain what happened to the body".

But he said he did not want to hurt American companies and jobs by cutting billions of dollars in arms sales to the kingdom.

"First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement", Graham, R-S.C., tweeted Friday.

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