Jamal Khashoggi killing: Saudi crown prince 'should face investigation'

Saudi Arabia has denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about the plot to kill Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia has denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about the plot to kill Khashoggi

The U.N. investigation had "determined that there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials' individual liability, including the Crown Prince's", Callamard said.

According to Turkish intelligence, the report says, a Saudi security team swept the Saudi Consulate for bugs on September 27 - six days before Khashoggi's death.

While no "smoking gun" has yet been found that directly incriminates the prince in Khashoggi's murder, identifying exactly who ordered the assassination is not the be-all and end-all of the matter, the report said. Her report also reveals that Saudi agents initially told Khashoggi they planned to kidnap him to forcibly return him to Saudi Arabia.

Minutes before Khashoggi entered the consulate seeking guidance on a marriage license at 1:15 p.m., Saudi intelligence officer Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb and Saudi Interior Ministry forensic specialist Dr. Salah Mohammed Tubaigy hatched their plot to dispose of Khashoggi's body, according to a recording from inside the consulate that was provided to investigators.

Asked if universal jurisdiction meant potential arrests overseas of suspects, Callamard told reporters: "If and when the responsibility of those individuals has been proven, including the responsibilities of a level that warrant arrest, absolutely".

"It is the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur that Mr Khashoggi has been the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under global human rights law", said United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard.

Saudi Arabia quietly held a second court hearing early this year for 11 people facing charges in the country over the Khashoggi killing.

Mr Khashoggi's dismembered body is believed to have been later removed to an unknown location.

There was also "credible evidence pointing to the crime scenes (in Turkey) having been thoroughly, even forensically, cleaned".

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The CIA concluded previously that the crown prince likely ordered Khashoggi's killing.

The U.N. secretary general should create an worldwide criminal investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

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

"The killing of Mr. Khashoggi has highlighted the vulnerabilities of dissidents living overseas, and the risks they are facing of covert actions by the authorities of their countries of origin or non-State actors associated to them", she wrote.

The sanctions, focusing on his personal assets overseas, should remain in place "until and unless evidence has been produced that he bears no responsibility for the execution of Mr Khashoggi", the reports said. Many US lawmakers have criticised President Donald Trump for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the journalist's killing. At one point the Saudis blamed the killing on a fistfight gone wrong.

The two never mentioned Khashoggi by name, but moments later, his voice appears on the tape.

Trials in Saudi Arabia can be shrouded in secrecy, she noted, insisting that Khashoggi case should be open to public scrutiny. Callamard called it a miscarriage of justice and for the trial to be suspended.

The Saudi trial of 11 officials accused of being involved in the murder is being conducted in secret and fails to meet global standards.

"Turkey has not initiated proceedings yet and hopes for credible accountability are weak in a country with such a track record of imprisonment of journalists", she added.

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