• 20 October 2018 - 12:44
  • News Code: 356488
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Saudi Arabia has sacked a top general and arrested several people after confessing that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Isfahan (IMNA) - In a Friday announcement, Saudi Arabia said that the preliminary results of its investigation indicate Khashoggi had been killed in a "fight with people who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”

According to Saudi state TV, the Kingdom has relieved Ahmad al-Assiri, a top general and close aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from his duties in the General Intelligence.  Saudi King Salman has also ordered the formation of a ministerial committee with the Saudi crown prince as head to restructure the General Intelligence Agency.

Reuters quoted a person familiar with the Saudi investigation of Khashoggi’s death as saying that no orders had been issued to kill or kidnap him, but there is standing order from the General Intelligence Presidency to bring critics back to the kingdom.

The source said orders were "aggressively interpreted" and subsequent instructions were "more and more unspecific" resulting in death and attempt to "cover it". It also noted that the Saudi consulate driver was among those who handed over the body of the dissident journalist to a "local cooperator"; however, it is not clear what has happened to the body.

The person familiar with the investigation also claimed bin Salman "had no knowledge of this specific operation". The White House has acknowledged the Saudi announcement, saying the US is "saddened" by the confirmation of the journalist’s death.


Source:Press Tv

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