Saudi officials say Jamal Khashoggi killed in altercation, as scepticism grows

Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Bostic speaks with Reuters in Stanford

According to the Saudi prosecutor general, a violent altercation broke out while Khashoggi was being interrogated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 4.

"If "initial investigations" found that he died, why did Saudi claim he left the consulate; this new claim is nearly Stalinist in its unbelievability, even if many people will parrot this as the truth for their own interests", Page wrote on Twitter.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place in this case and affirms the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the attention of the public and to hold accountable all those involved", the statement said.

On Friday evening, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham - a key ally of President Donald Trump - posted a tweet registering his skepticism of the Saudi government's latest account of what happened to Khashoggi.

According to a report by the country's state TV, the country's deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were dismissed over the affair. Probably not. Reporter Josh Rogin ads that MBS is heading a commission to investigate the death which is very convenient for him.

King Salman, his father, appointed him to lead a committee that will restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after Mr Khashoggi's slaying.

The crown prince has painted himself as the face of a vibrant new kingdom, diversifying its economy away from oil and introducing some social changes.

Oct 11: Mr Trump tells the Fox & Friends news show that his administration was taking the case seriously, but that he did not want to limit arms sales worth billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia in response. He called the Saudi confirmation of the murder a "great first step". He did not disclose the whereabouts of his body.

Mr Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and royal court insider for decades in Saudi Arabia, had written columns critical of Prince Mohammed and the kingdom's direction while living in self-imposed exile in the US. After praising lawmakers - including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who has sharply criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the episode - Trump said he is "going to have very much Congress involved" in determining the USA response.

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. "We will continue to closely follow the worldwide investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process", said White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders.

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

Khashoggi's disappearance quickly became an global issue because he was an opinion columnist for The Washington Post, well-known around the world as a critic of the Saudi royal family of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (pictured above left) and especially of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

One of the vehicles travelled to the nearby Belgrade Forest while the other travelled to the city of Yalova, across the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the ongoing investigation.

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