& # 39; Credible proof & # 39; suggests Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohamed bin Salman IS liable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, reveals UN investigator
- There is & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; to assume that Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year, says UN expert
- A probe should be launched to see if & # 39; the threshold of criminal responsibility has been reached & # 39;
- Khashoggi was killed in October last year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
- Saudi Arabia has admitted that its agents premeditated the & # 39; murder, but denies that bin Salman was aware of the operation
There is credible evidence that Saudi Arabia & Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert said.
Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur, has called for an impartial, international investigation to determine whether the & # 39; threshold of criminal responsibility has been met & # 39 ;.
Callamard – in the first independent report on the murder published on Wednesday – said that other high-level Saudi officials should be investigated alongside the prince.
Mohammed bin Salman should be confronted with an independent, international investigation of & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; that he is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert who said
Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul last year and the Arab kingdom admitted his agents were responsible, but denies that bin Salman knew the operation
For example, Callamard said she had found evidence that & # 39; Khashoggi himself was fully aware of the powers of the crown prince and feared him. & # 39;
Khashoggi, a Washington Post employee and bin Salman critic, was assassinated on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia admitted that its agents killed Khashoggi in a premeditated murder, but denied that Bin Salman was aware of the operation.
Prosecutors have & # 39; rogue agents & # 39; accused the state of committing the murder and executed 11 men behind closed doors, five of whom were sentenced to death.
Callamard conducts what she has described as & # 39; an independent human rights investigation & # 39; in the death of Khashoggi.
Special UN rapporteurs are also independent and do not speak for the global body.
In Wednesday's report, she said she discovered that the probes that Saudi Arabia and Turkey had performed so far did not meet international standards regarding the investigation of illegal deaths.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post employee and bin Salman critic, was assassinated on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The writer is pictured on that day entering the consulate
Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, said the investigation should try to determine whether & # 39; within the threshold of criminal responsibility have been met & # 39; by bin Salman and other top Saudi officials
She urged the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to launch an official international criminal investigation into the case, which she said would make it possible to file strong & strong records on each of the alleged collect perpetrators and identify formal accountability mechanisms, such as an ad hoc or hybrid tribunal. & # 39;
She also called on the FBI in the United States, where Khashoggi lived, to open an investigation into the case, if it has not already done so, & to pursue criminal prosecutions in the United States, & # 39;
For her investigation, Callamard said she had, among other things, viewed CCTV footage from inside the consulate of the murder itself.
The report identified by name the 15 people she said were part of the Khashoggi murder mission, and suggested that many of them were not on the list of 11 unnamed suspects who had to appear on a locked door before the murder.
Wednesday's report also found evidence that & # 39; Saudi Arabia was deliberately using consular immunity to postpone Turkey's investigations until the crime scene could be thoroughly cleaned & # 39 ;.
"Given my concern about the fairness of the trial against the 11 suspects in Saudi Arabia, I advocate the suspension of the trial," she said in the report.
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