Saudi Arabia rebuffs United Nations expert's report on Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia rebuffs United Nations expert's report on Khashoggi murder

The 101-page report, compiled by special rapporteur Agnes Callamard, provides new details of Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October, and it calls for an investigation of the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Saudi government subsequently changed its story, saying Mr Khashoggi had died in a "fistfight" with "rogue killers".

The special rapporteur noted the "extreme sensitivity" of considering the criminal responsibility of the crown prince, as well as Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to the Saudi royal court who was sacked but has not been charged.

The Saudi attorney general later acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.

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

Callamard called for targeted sanctions on those believed responsible for Khashoggi's killing, which "ought also to include the crown prince and his personal assets overseas, until and unless evidence is provided and corroborated that he carries no responsibilities for this execution".

The report stressed that "no conclusion is made as to guilt".

- Khashoggi was told to send a text message to his son "so that we can help you", but he refused.

The trial of the 11 suspects now taking place in Saudi Arabia should be suspended, according to Ms Callamard, because this was an global crime over which there is universal jurisdiction.

Jubeir reiterated that the kingdom´s "competent" judicial authorities were holding trials of several people arrested over the killing.

"Indeed, this human rights inquiry has shown that there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the Crown Prince demanding further investigation", she added, urging UN Secretary-General to establish an worldwide probe.

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According to the recordings, Khashoggi said: "What should I say?"

"A price" from Saudi Arabia "can get one thing to originate on my ground in the enviornment of work", he instructed subordinates, and "their work within will acquire two or three days", the document talked about.

An independent investigation led by the United Nations extrajudicial executions investigator, Agnes Callamard, held Saudi Arabia responsible for the scribe " s "extrajudicial killing".

Khashoggi protests: "I notified some people outside".

An official then said to him: "Type it, Mr Jamal".

In Wednesday's report, she said she found that the probes conducted so far by Saudi Arabia and Turkey had "failed to meet worldwide standards regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths". "Turkish intelligence concluded that these came after Mr Khashoggi's death while the Saudi officials were dismembering his body".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump have deplored the killing of Khashoggi, who was a contributing columnist for The Washington Post in the year before his death.

Ms Callamard wrote that she obtained access to a recording of the killing on October 2.

An important but traditionalist journalist in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi "was not seen by dissidents to be naturally 'one of them, ' " Callamard wrote.

"The report of the rapporteur in the human rights council contains clear contradictions and baseless allegations which challenge its credibility", Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said Wednesday on Twitter.