White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case to be 'timely, transparent'

White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case to be 'timely, transparent'

The White House on Friday acknowledged Saudi Arabia's announcement about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling for justice in the matter to be " timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process."

"The United States acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that its investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement late Friday.

ADVERTISEMENT

"We will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process," she wrote, expressing condolences for Khashoggi's family.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. His disappearance prompted swift outrage from the international community seeking answers into his whereabouts.

Turkish authorities have claimed that they have audio recordings proving Khashoggi dismembered and killed by Saudi operatives shortly after arriving at the consulate.

Saudi officials initially denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts, prior to announcing Friday that Khashoggi was killed at the country's consulate in Turkey.

Friday's statement from Saudi state-run media claimed that a physical altercation broke out between Khashoggi and men inside the consulate resulting in a “a fistfight that led to his death.”