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Is Riyadh’s claim Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight credible?

Saudi Arabia now admits the journalist is dead – after denying it for weeks.

Saudi Arabia says Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul.

The announcement was made on Saudi state TV in the middle of the night – 17 days after the Saudi journalist was last seen going into the compound.

The kingdom says there was a brawl and Khashoggi died. US President Donald Trump says he finds that explanation “credible” but many politicians in the US and around the world are sceptical.

Turkish security sources have a different story.

They say Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and his body dismembered.

Presenter: Imran Khan


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