Britain says Saudi account of Khashoggi's death not credible

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab (File photo)

The United Kingdom says that Saudi Arabia's explanation of how dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul was not credible.

The remarks by Brexit minister Dominic Raab came on Sunday two days after Riyadh had confessed that Khashoggi was murdered.

In a Friday announcement, Saudi Arabia said that the preliminary results of its investigation indicated Khashoggi had been killed in a "fight with people who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”

However, Raab told the BBC that "I don't think it's credible," adding there was a "serious question mark over the account that has been given."

"We support the Turkish investigation into it and the British government wants to see people held to account for that death."

Saudi Arabia's narrative of Khashoggi's murder has been criticized by several other countries too. They demanded greater clarity regarding the case.

Since the very early hours of Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2, many pointed the finger to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, saying the crown prince had clear motives to kill the journalist.

Later revelations in the Turkish media showed that a 15-member hit squad, among them members of bin Salman’s personal guard, had carried out the murder inside the Saudi consulate.

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