Khashoggi killed in consulate, Saudi Arabia admits

MNA International Desk: Saudi Arabia said on Friday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, reported news agency.

It also said that it had fired two senior officials over the incident, giving an account that US President Donald Trump said was credible.

Saudi Arabia’s acknowledgement that Khashoggi died came after two weeks of denials and growing demands from Western allies for an explanation over Khashoggi’s disappearance, which galvanised a global outcry and prompted some US lawmakers to call for harsh action against Riyadh.

Saudi state media said King Salman had ordered the dismissal of two senior officials over the incident: Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court advisor seen as the right-hand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, a statement on state media said.


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