Saudi scholars’ council: Royal orders in Khashoggi case to deliver justice

Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars is the kingdom's highest religious body. (Supplied)

Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars, the kingdom's highest religious body, said on Saturday that royal orders that followed the announcement of a preliminary investigation into the death Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi case would "deliver justice and fairness."

The Saudi prosecutor said on Friday that an investigation showed that Khashoggi's death was a result of a physical altercation at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

There are now 18 suspects, all of Saudi nationality, currently in custody and accused of attempting to cover up the death.

Following the announcement, royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri were relieved of their positions.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered the restructuring of the command of the general intelligence agency under the supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The royal decree also ordered the dismissal of a number of officers working in the general intelligence agency.

An official source quoted by Saudi Press Agency confirmed that Saudi Arabia is taking all the necessary measures to clarify the truth into the Khashoggi case and emphasized that it would be holding all those involved accountable.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53