Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and fired five senior officials. The detention was part of an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The senior journalist and author of the Washington Post column disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate office in Turkey. Khashoggi is known to be a writer who is critical of the government of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Previously, Saudi Arabia denied involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi. But they finally admitted Khashoggi had been killed in a fight within the consulate.
But the international community does not believe that explanation. The Turkish government said that when Khashoggi entered the consulate building he had been awaited by 15 people on a team from the Saudi Arabian killer who arrived on a private jet two hours earlier.
According to some sources from Saudi Arabia and Turkey officials the 15 people worked as Saudi Arabian military or security and intelligence, including royal members. The pro-government Turkish newspaper, Sabah, published photos of these people taken by security cameras at the Atatürk international airport in Istanbul.
Following are profiles of people arrested based on the photos:
Al-Qahtani is the right hand of Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The 40-year-old man has been fired as royal adviser. He is the highest official involved in the Khashoggi murder case.
He entered the royal circle at the end of King Abdullah's reign. He rose quickly in the government of Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He always spoke on behalf of Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
According to some reports, Al-Qahtani gave direct orders to officials who carried out the Khashoggi murder. One of his tasks was to attack those who criticized the Kingdom and Prince Mohammed bin Salman on social media.
He used Twitter to counterattack those who criticized Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. Al-Qahtani also created a group in the Whatsapp conversation service that contained the editor in chief of local newspapers and confirmed their news according to the wishes of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to Khashoggi's closest people on several occasions Qahtani tried to persuade the journalist to return to Saudi Arabia. He was worried about Khashoggi's criticism in the Washington Post.
In August 2017, he asked 1.35 million followers on Twitter to watch over the blacklisted people. "Do you think I made a decision without an order? I am an employee and an executor who obeys my King and Crown Prince," wrote Qahtani at the time.
The Saudi Arabian official said Qahtani had given authority to his subordinate, Maher Mutreb to do what he called negotiations with Khashoggi so that he returned to the kingdom. Qahtani also provides non-specific information based on his conversation with Khashoggi.