UN Investigator: 'Credible Evidence' Ties Saudi Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

UN rights investigator to issue report on Khashoggi killing

She urged the FBI to investigate the murder and called on the USA government to determine whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could be held responsible under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Khashoggi, a contributor for The Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he entered the country's consulate in Istanbul last October.

The global community should use targeted sanctions on Saudi officials who are allegedly connected to the murder, including the crown prince.

After initially denying any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia eventually acknowledged that its operatives were responsible for the journalist's death.

Meanwhile, one of the potential masterminds behind the killing, and special adviser to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known by the nickname MBS), Saud al-Qahtani was most recently seen touring in nearby Abu Dhabi and is not under arrest in the Kingdom.

Khashoggi was a victim of "a deliberate, premediated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible", Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said on Wednesday.

I think it is important to understand that the responsibility of high-level officials, such as the crown prince, are not exclusively derived from them or him ordering the crime.

Two minutes later, Khashoggi enters the consulate, hoping to collect a Saudi document that would let him Wednesday his Turkish fiancee.

On top of the 101-page report's (pdf) conclusion that the Saudi kingdom is responsible for the killing, Callamard's findings also provided "chilling" new details of the final moments leading to Khashoggi's murder past year.

Afterward, Mutreb asked if "the sacrificial animal" had arrived, to which another person responded, "He has arrived".

He said the Saudi authorities had provided a progress report on the Khashoggi case to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 3, and retained the right to take legal action in response to the report's claims.

"The only conclusion made is that there is credible evidence meriting further investigation". But Callamard's report - based on a five-month investigation - provides the most complete picture of Khashoggi's death to date.

Saudi Arabia has not released the names of those on trial and has kept trial activities mostly secret.

The report concludes that his murder was deliberate and premeditated. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been called upon to "demand" a follow-up criminal investigation.

Reacting to the report, Human Rights Watch criticised what it called the Saudi "intolerance of dissent and climate of impunity" that enabled the murder.

Meanwhile, the US must act decisively to not only achieve justice for slain Khashoggi, but to rein in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on dissent, Khashoggi's fiancee said on June 19.

This was disputed by Turkish officials, who said they had an audio recording of his killing inside the consulate on October 13. "These are some of the factors that are just not in favour of sanctioning the Saudis despite the fact they probably do have a lot of culpability in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said those responsible for the murder will pay the price.

Callamard said that states should invoke universal jurisdiction in the case.

Saudi Arabia may have obstructed justice when investigating Khashoggi's murder and hindered Turkey's investigation. "So that by the time the Turkish investigators were able to enter the consulate they found basically close to very little", Callamard said.



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