In a major development in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, 20 October, confirmed that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. A top intelligence officer, Gen Ahmed al-Ansari, has also been suspended with regard the case, reported AFP, quoting state media.
The news, which was announced through the Saudi state TV, was based on preliminary investigation reports undertaken by Saudi officials.
According to The Guardian, the reports supposedly indicated that a fist fight had broken out between Khashoggi and the people he was expected to meet inside the consulate, leading to his death. At least 18 Saudi nationals have been also reportedly been arrested in connection with the case.
Khashoggi, a permenant US resident, who wrote for the Washington Post, was a vociferous critic of the Saudi kingdom. He had disappeared 17 days ago when he went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to get the documents for his impending marriage, and never returned.
(This is a developing story, more details soon.)
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