Khashoggi murder planned & perpetrated – UN

2019-02-08 at 12:46

A United Nations-led inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has claimed evidence points to a brutal crime “planned and perpetrated” by Saudi officials.

Khashoggi’s killing by a team of Saudi operatives on Oct. 2 provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, previously admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive.

Agnes Callamard, U.N. special Rappoteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, said in statement issued in Geneva “Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prime facie case that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia”.

She said Saudi officials had “seriously undermined” and delayed Turkey’s efforts to investigate the crime scene at its Istanbul consulate, where Khashoggi had gone to get papers needed for his wedding.

Neither the Saudi government communications office nor Turkey’s foreign ministry have officially responded to the report.