“Discussions that took place between him and the persons who met him … led to a brawl and a fistfight with the citizen, Jamal Khashoggi, which led to his death,” Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb says in a statement.
However, Ali Shihabi, the head of the Arabia Foundation think tank, which is said to be close to the government, contradicts the Saudi narrative. Citing a senior Saudi source, he says “Khashoggi died from a chokehold during a physical altercation, not a fist fight”.
‘Murder … tremendous mistake’
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says in an interview with Fox News on October 21 that the operation was not ordered by the crown prince.
“We are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder,” he says.
“The individuals who did this, did this outside the scope of their authority. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up.”
“We don’t know, in terms of details, how,” he added. “We don’t know where the body is.”