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UN Says Saudi Arabia Responsible For Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder In Turkey

Unic Press UK: A 100-page report of the United Nations on the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate on October 2, 2018 has indicted top officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Making a reference to graphic audio recordings by the Turkish intelligence services, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, Agnes Callamard, who, in February, said there’s a prime facie case that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a “brutal and premeditated killing”, said in the final report that “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,” the UN News Centre reports.

The UN had, several months ago, accused the Saudi national authorities of failing to abide with international legal standards/framework, including the Minnesota Protocol for the investigation of extrajudicial executions, along with the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, thereby undermining and curtailing compliance with international legal standards.


On December 13, 2018, the Senate of the United States unanimously passed a resolution https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SJ%20Res%20Supporting%20a%20Diplomatic%20Solution%20in%20Yemen%20and%20Condemning%20the%20Murder%20of%20Jamal%20Khashoggi.pdf declaring that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of a Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Republic of Turkey. Excerpts from the U.S. Senate Resolution reads:

“Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the Senate believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi”

Turkish national authorities had repeatedly, since the murder was made public, alleged that the Saudi Arabian government is responsible for the killing of Jamal a few minutes after he arrived at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to carry out paperwork ahead of his marriage to a Turkish national.

In November, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu who claims to have listened to the sound recordings of the killing, said: “He was killed within seven minutes, it was premeditated murder.”

After several weeks of denying allegation of killing Khashoggi when the news of the atrocity broke, the Saudi government has since changed tone, saying Mr Jamal Khashoggi died during a fistfight in the Saudi consulate, Istanbul.

 

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