A timeline of Saudi statements on the killing of Khashoggi


ISTANBUL (AP) — The formal Saudi statements on the destiny of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have modified many occasions considering the fact that he mysteriously disappeared following getting into his country’s consulate in Istanbul before this thirty day period.

The latest announcement on Saturday, declaring that Khashoggi experienced died in a “fistfight” with officials that came to see him there, increased criticism about Saudi’s dealing with of the scenario and concern around the kingdom’s probable complicity in the killing of the well known Washington Write-up columnist.

Below is a look at the Saudi narrative regarding Khashoggi, as it formulated.


Oct. 2: Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in a leafy neighborhood in Istanbul at 1.14 p.m. on Tuesday. He experienced still left his mobile telephones with his Turkish fiancée, who waited for him outdoors the consulate. She calls close friends hours later to notify them that Khashoggi never emerged from the consulate.

Oct. 3: In a large-ranging interview, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman tells Bloomberg he understands that Khashoggi still left the consulate immediately after “a couple of minutes or one particular hour.” Bin Salman says his kingdom’s authorities are in talks with the Turkish federal government to establish what materialize. He insists Khashoggi is no longer inside of the consulate and states Turkish authorities are welcome to research the diplomatic mission. “We have nothing at all to disguise,” claims the crown prince.

Oct. 4: On Twitter, the Saudi consulate in Istanbul says it is pursuing up on media studies of Khashoggi’s disappearance “after he left the building” of the consulate.

Oct. 4: Turkey summons the Saudi ambassador.

Oct. 6: Saudi Arabia suggests it has dispatched a group to “look into and cooperate” with Turkish officers around Khashoggi’s case.

Oct. 7: Turkish officials say Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate. A Saudi governing administration assertion describes the Turkish allegations as “baseless.”

Oct. 9: Turkey suggests it will search the consulate.

Oct. 11: Turkey states it has agreed with Saudi Arabia to type a joint group to get rid of mild on the disappeared journalist’s destiny. The Saudi workforce arrives in Istanbul a working day later.

Oct. 13: Saudi Arabia’s inside minister describes claims in the media that there ended up “orders to eliminate (Khashoggi)” as “lies and baseless allegations.” Turkish media quote officers as stating Khashoggi has been killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

Oct. 14: Turkey’s Foreign Ministry renews calls on Saudi Arabia to make it possible for investigators to lookup the consulate.

Oct. 15: Approximately two weeks just after Khashoggi’s disappearance, teams of Turkish investigators enter the consulate to start their search.

Oct. 15: A Saudi-owned satellite news channel suggests the 15-member staff referred to by Turkish media as Khashoggi’s “hit squad” ended up “vacationers” visiting Turkey.

Oct. 16: Without warning, the Saudi consul in Istanbul, a vital witness in the scenario, leaves Turkey to Saudi Arabia.

Oct. 17: Turkish authorities start looking the consul’s home in Istanbul.

Oct. 19: In an announcement early Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s community prosecutor says preliminary investigations exhibit an “altercation” and “fistfight” led to Khashoggi’s loss of life shortly after he arrived at the consulate. He adds that 18 Saudi nationals have been detained. A Saudi foreign ministry formal claims the kingdom is investigating the “regrettable and unpleasant incident of Jamal Khashoggi’s demise” and forming a committee to hold people liable accountable.


A timeline of Saudi statements on the killing of Khashoggi