The UN said that Khashoggi was “the victim of a brutal and premeditated” murder, “planned and perpetrated” by Saudi officials. The journalist was allegedly strangled in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Jamal Khashoggi & Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over the the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
That is the conclusion of Agnes Callamard, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions, who on Wednesday issued her report on the killing.
Callamard cited “credible evidence” that high-level Saudi officials were implicated in the “premeditaed” murder.
“Khashoggi has been the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law,” Callamard said in her report based on a six-month probe.
The report stressed that “no conclusion is made as to guilt,” but Callamard called for “targeted sanctions” against the prince.
There was no immediate reaction to the 100-page report from Riyadh, but the kingdom has regularly denied Prince Salman’s involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.
The report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council, whose 47 members include Saudi Arabia, on June 26.