Denying the accusations for weeks, Saudi Arabia finally admits the journalist was killed inside its Istanbul consulate. The reaction on social media has been caustic.
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom said early on Saturday, acknowledging the writer’s death for the first time.
Saudi authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody for his slaying and intelligence officials had been fired.
Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
The White House said it was “saddened” to learn of Khashoggi’s fate, but US President Donald Trump said the Saudi explanation of his death was “credible.”
Not so, US Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, who wrote: “to say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement.”
Following is a selection of official and unofficial reaction to the Saudi acknowledgment that the prominent Riyadh critic was dead, after denying knowing anything of his fate for more than two weeks.
Wake up and smell the bloody roses Saudi’s. We need a new crown prince. This administration has failed, silenced and abducted some of you.
Where do we draw the line? Yesterday it was Jamal, tomorrow this could be you.#اوامر_ملكية #جمال_خاشقجي_في_ذمة_الله #مملكة_العدل_السعودية
Filled with overwhelming fury. Where have you led our country. What have you turned it into. What a shameful day. You took away the life of someone who was supposed to be one of your own. On land that was supposed to represent his refuge in a foreign country. #JamalKhashoggi
The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life.
The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.
#مملكه_العدل_السعوديه Bashar killed the Syrian people but no one talked about it.Iraq and the political problems did not talk about it But the death of a Saudi journalist and the punishment of those who caused it by the Saudi government.all of them called it a war and inhumanity
This is the Saudi state of justice does not hide the truth and does not defend the criminal and show the facts transparently contributed and participated in the disclosure of truth does not flatter anyone ،will take every unjust penalty, whatever it may be
Calls for international probe
Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN the Saudi explanation “absolutely defies credibility” and he called for an international investigation of Khashoggi’s death.
“The Saudis very clearly seem to be buying time and buying cover. But this action raises more questions than it answers and there is no way the world will wait for 30 days for a Saudi investigation to be done,” Blumenthal said.
Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, called the Saudi statement a cover-up.
“The United States must not be complicit in this cover-up. Looking forward to what our intelligence agencies ha ve to say,” Van Hollen said.
RIP Jamal #Khashoggi — In the name of all your former @arabnews colleagues, thank you for everything you have given. Those responsible for your untimely death must – and will be – held accountable and we are confident that they will.
We will miss you, my friend…
In this tweet by @saudq1978 the chief scapegoat in the #Saudi narrative on the murder of #JamalKhshoggi he says “you think I act/speak on my own accord without directives? I’m an employee who honestly executed the orders of my masters the King & the Crown Prince
“I think it’s a whitewash… Fistfights do not include gangs of 15 or more trained killers, and a surgeon” – Khalil Jahshan, Director Arab Center Washington DC http://trtworld.com/middle-east/saudi-arabia-admits-to-death-of-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-20904 …
We speak with Ahmed Bedier, a Middle East expert, who says Riyadh has much to explain about Jamal Khashoggi’s death after denying any knowledge of his fate for over for weeks http://trtworld.com/middle-east/saudi-arabia-admits-to-death-of-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-20904 …