Team of Saudi forensic scientists concludes death of Jamal Khashoggi was a suicide

A team of Saudi crime scene investigators and forensic scientists sent to the Istanbul Consulate have concluded that the cause of death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s was “most likely a suicide.”

The Saudi government, which has taken a more proactive role in the case by conducting its own investigation after first denying the death of the journalist, said it will punish those involved.

The body of Jamal Khashoggi which was found last week in a back alley dumpster behind the Istanbul Consulate showed multiple wounds to the head, several broken ribs, crushed limbs as well as lacerations to the face and throat.

“All evidence gathered shows that Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a suicide and died of self-inflicted wounds,” one Saudi specialist told reporters.

International skepticism has intensified since Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi, who had criticized the crown prince in his writing, died in a brawl. Yet Saudi officials now conclude the cause of death is most likely a suicide.

“We are grateful the truth surrounding this saddening death has finally been revealed and the International community can now focus its attention onto other matters of importance in the world,” one Saudi official said, visibly satisfied with the investigation.

An interrogation of Khashoggi’s family members and friends by Saudi authorities revealed the journalist, who had planned to get married in the upcoming weeks, suffered from symptoms of “paranoid schizophrenia, depression and homosexual thoughts.”

One eyewitness told Saudi investigators how Khashoggi first got into a brawl with consulate employees and locked himself in a bathroom.

Saudi crime scene investigators concluded that Khashoggi violently threw his face against the walls, mirrors, and porcelain of the bathroom before attempting to drown himself in the toilet bowl by sustaining his head under water for several minutes at a time.

He then slashed his own face, head and throat with a rusty razor blade found on the scene of the suicide and during a violent schizophrenic episode threw himself from the window of the second story building of the Istanbul Consulate.

Experts believe he survived the two-story fall and dragged himself onto the back alley street of the Istanbul Consulate where he was accidentally driven over multiple times by a vehicle, as shown by multiple broken ribs and his crushed skull.

Khashoggi was then able to crawl into a back alley dumpster before bleeding to his death and was pronounced dead several hours later.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that he was « satisfied with the results of the investigation », that he was « glad that this controversy is now over » and that « the kingdom has redeemed itself in the face of the world once again.»

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