Atynews.com – After weeks of denial, Saudi Arabia has for the first time confirmed that the royal critic, journalist Jamal Khashoggi , was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkish Istanbul.
The Kingdom of Saudi claims journalists and Washington Post columnists died after fighting in the consulate building and 18 Saudis were arrested for the murder.
Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, disappeared on October 2 after entering the consulate in Istanbul to get the documents needed for his upcoming marriage.
Saudi officials had previously denied Khashoggi had been killed and mutilated at the diplomatic mission office. They even insisted that Khashoggi had left the consulate in life.
Riyadh’s confirmation of the death of Saudi Arabian journalists triggered a reaction from a number of countries, politicians and human rights groups. Here are the international reactions; Amnnesty International Amnesty International urges the Saudis to show Khashoggi’s body so that independent forensic experts can conduct autopsies in accordance with international standards.
Samah Hadid, Director of Amnesty International for the Middle East, said that the Saudi version of events cannot be trusted. According to him, a UN-led investigation was needed to avoid Saudi action to cover the circumstances surrounding the murder of the journalist.
Turan Kislakci, President of the Turkish Arab Media Association, said the authorities that gave orders to kill Khashoggi had to be punished by Spain.
The Spanish government was disappointed with information from Riyadh about Khashoggi’s death. Madrid echoes calls from the United Nations for a thorough and transparent investigation to bring those responsible for the murder to court.
“The Spanish government is disappointed with the initial report from the Saudi prosecutor about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and offers the most sincere condolences to his family,” the Spanish government said in a statement.