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|20 October, 2018

Saudi courts will look at Khashoggi case: justice minister

Saudi Arabia said earlier that dissident Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate

A member of security staff is seen next to the barriers at the gate of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 20, 2018.

A member of security staff is seen next to the barriers at the gate of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 20, 2018.

REUTERS/Osman Orsal

CAIRO: The case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi took place on Saudi sovereign territory and it will be looked at by Saudi courts when all procedures are complete, Saudi Arabia's justice minister said in a statement issued by state news agency SPA on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia said earlier that dissident Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate in its first admission of his death after two weeks of denials that have shaken Western relations with the kingdom.

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(Reporting by Hesham Hajali; Editing by Richard Balmforth) ((Hesham.Hajali@thomsonreuters.com; +20223948100;))