UN-led inquiry: Khashoggi 'victim of brutal killing, perpetrated by Saudi officials

Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi's 'brutal' murder, UN preliminary report says

Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi's 'brutal' murder, UN preliminary report says

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2017 told a top aide he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist killed last October, according to a report by The New York Times on Thursday.

The 59-year-old Saudi insider-turned-critic was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a team of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul for the killing, according to Turkish officials.

USA intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to kill Mr. Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist, and say his body was dismembered and removed to a location still publicly unknown.

A United Nations rapporteur probing the murder in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Thursday the killing was planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

The UN special rapporteur, who did not cite a specific official, also concluded that "Turkey's efforts to apply prompt, effective and thorough, independent and impartial, and transparent investigations - in line with global law - had been seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia".

Khashoggi was lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the promise of being given documents that would help him remarry.

He was visiting the consulate to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman.

The rapporteur's final report is scheduled to be presented in June before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, but is expected to be published a few weeks earlier, in late May. "It is also raising a number of global implications which demand the urgent attention of the worldwide community including the United Nations".

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In the report, Callamard will present a series of recommendations, which are not binding.

She said her Jan 28 to Feb 3 mission to Turkey with a team of three experts "could not firmly establish whether the original intention was to abduct Mr. Khashoggi, with his murder planned only in the eventuality of this abduction failing".

"I can not understand America's silence".

"The Khashoggi murder is not an ordinary one".

Turkish officials have been frustrated by what they say is a lack of co-operation by Riyadh and have called for an global inquiry.

Eleven men are on trial in Saudi Arabia, accused of involvement in the killing.

Saudi Arabia has denied Turkey's request for extradition of the 11 suspects, amid conflicting claims for jurisdiction, Ms. Callamard said.

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