United Nations report piles pressure on Saudi Crown Prince over Khashoggi murder

22 Juin, 2019, 23:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

More than eight months after his death, the quest for justice over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continues.

The South China Morning Post have reported on a United Nations excoriating 100-page analysis, where the UN's special rapporteur said that the death of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was "an worldwide crime", citing "credible evidence" that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman could be liable for the killing. "We verify that the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the jurisdiction of its judicial institutions over this yelp is no longer compromised", he talked about.

The report is expected to add to the pressure on Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who is believed to have ordered the killing, according to Western intelligence agencies, including the CIA. The report found that "credible evidence" justifies the "investigation of high- level Saudi officials' individual liability, including the crown prince's".

She said Saudi Arabia has not contacted her so far and no details have been shared on the issue.

The sage detailed at length the energy structure within the dominion, which in almost all cases emanates downward from the place of job of the crown prince. Riyadh denies the crown prince had any involvement in the murder.

In a press statement, the HRC said this report does not reflect what is being done on this issue on the ground and represents a clear biased stance against the Kingdom and does not comply with the professional standards used in the preparation of such reports.

"Taking accountability seriously capacity that the Saudi Arabia authorities must accept Yell responsibility for the execution", Callamard wrote.

Callamard highlighted evidence of the crime scene being "thoroughly, even forensically, cleaned", insisting the "destruction of evidence could not have taken place without the Crown Prince's awareness".

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a news convention in Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 1, 2015.

The Saudi government initially asserted Khashoggi had left the consulate alive on October 2 but later said a group of rogue operators killed him that day.

Callamard denounced the dearth of transparency on the dominion's secretive hearings for 11 suspects accused within the kill, and known as on Saudi authorities to expose the defendants' names, the charges against them, and the fate of 10 others initially arrested.

"The evidence suggests that the murder was premeditated and that the direction from superiors was to kill Mr. Khashoggi, at the very least if he would not agree to return", her report states, suggesting that such an operation "was the result of elaborate planning involving extensive coordination and significant human and financial resources".

Khashoggi's remains have so far not been found.

Callamard said her findings were based partially on recordings from inside the consulate before, during and after the killing. "A new crisis cycle is open", Joseph Bahout, non-resident fellow at Carnegie Endowment, said on Twitter.

In a 100-page report to be presented to the Human Rights Council next week, Special Rapporteur Agnès Callamard discusses the circumstances leading up to Mr. Khashoggi's death and considers steps that might have prevented his murder.


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