Saudi Arabian has reacted to Journalist Jamal Khashoggi death cause after a fight inside the consulate in Istanbul, a preliminary investigation by Saudi authorities has claimed.
The findings are the first admission by the Saudis that the journalist died at the consulate in Turkey.
Investigators said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him inside the consulate, which led to his death.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident, according to a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor.
Saud Al-Qahtini, an adviser to the Saudi Royal court, has been sacked.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has also ordered the formation of a ministerial committee headed by the Crown Prince to restructure the general intelligence agency, state media said.
Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, was a critic of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Khashoggi went missing more than two weeks ago after entering the consulate to get documentation for his wedding.
His disappearance strained relations between Saudi Arabia and Western allies including the US.
Arab allies have rallied to Riyadh’s support, but Western pressure has intensified on Saudi Arabia to provide convincing answers.
US President Donald Trump recently said it “certainly looks” like Khashoggi was dead and that a US response would likely be “very severe”.
Investigators find traces of Khashoggi’s DNA
Turkish officials believe he was killed in the building, but Saudi Arabia previously denied the allegations.
Turkish police searched a forest on Istanbul’s outskirts and a city near the Sea of Marmara for Khashoggi’s remains, two senior Turkish officials said, after tracking the routes of cars that left the consulate and the consul’s residence on the day he vanished.
Investigators have recovered samples from searches of both buildings to analyse for traces of Khashoggi’s DNA.