Early on Saturday, Riyadh announced that Khashoggi died in a fist-fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and that 18 Saudi citizens were being investigated.
According to BNA, the results of the preliminary investigations also revealed that the discussions that took place with Khashoggi during his presence in the Consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul by the suspects did not go as required. It developed in a negative way led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them and Khashoggi. The brawl aggravated and led to his death and their attempt to conceal and cover what happened.”
Earlier, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s directives following the announcement of the death of Khashoggi.
The UAE “commends directives and decisions of King Salman on the Khashoggi case,” WAM said on Twitter. In a WAM statement that followed, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan commended King Salman “for his great efforts and keenness to explore the truth in this matter and calling for fair, legal accountability.”
In an official statement, Bahrain praised the “directives and decisions of the Saudi King” and said, “Saudi Arabia remains a state of justice, principles and morals.”
Egypt praised the “decisive” and “brave” actions taken by King Salman in the investigation. It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi’s family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth.
Yemen too on Saturday praised decisions made by King Salman in relation to the death of Khashoggi, according to the government’s state news agency.
The Saudi public prosecutor said on Friday that an investigation showed that Khashoggi’s death was a result of a physical altercation at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. There are now 18 suspects, all of Saudi nationality, currently in custody and accused of attempting to cover up the death.
Source Credit: Saudi Gazette