Journalist Khashoggi killing: Saudi MbS linked with ‘credible evidence’, UN investigator Callamard calls for probe

A United Nations (UN) rights expert has said Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, should be investigated over the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year in Saudi consulate of Istanbul on October 2, citing “credible evidence”.

According to Al-Jazeera news reports, Agnes Callamard, the UN extrajudicial executions investigator, has released her finding over the killing of the Saudi journalist on Wednesday.

Callamard stated Khashoggi’s murder “constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible”.

In New York, speaking from the UN headquarters Al-Jazeera’s James Bays said the findings “blows away the Saudi narrative of what happened in the consulate”.

However, no immediate reaction was fetched from Riyadh which was provided with a 100-page report.

Callamard, who led an international investigation on the Khashoggi’s murder issue, had stated this year after her visit to Turkey the shreds of evidence hinted to a brutal crime, reportedly “planned and perpetrated” by Riyadh officials.

Though Khashoggi’s remaining never found, Callamard has stated she, along with her legal probe team experts had access to a piece of “chilling and gruesome audio materials” of Khashoggi’s death which was obtained by a Turkish intelligence agency.

Some western nations and CIA reportedly believe MbS had ordered for the killing of Khashoggi, who was a stern critic of the Washington Post and crown prince’s policies.

Callamard has also denounced lack of “transparency” at Saudi’s secretive hearing of 11 suspects who were accused in the killing. She has also called on Riyadh authorities to unveil the defendant’s names and the charges against them, as well as, fate of other 10 arrested initially.

 

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