Saudi Arabia says journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after fight in consulate

‘The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested’

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said on Saturday preliminary results of investigations showed US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a fight with people he met there, state media reported.


“The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested,” a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said, adding Royal court adviser Saud Al Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been sacked from their positions.

Khashoggi, Washington Post contributor and a veteran media figure, has been missing since Tuesday October 2. His fiancée, a Turkish citizen Hatice (Khadija) said he entered the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork and never came out.

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