A forensic UN report published today states that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia should be investigated over the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi because there is “credible evidence” that he and other senior officials are liable for his killing.
In a 100-page analysis of what happened to Khashoggi last October, Agnes Callamard, the UN’s special rapporteur, said the death of the journalist was “an international crime”.
Using recordings of conversations from inside the Istanbul consulate where Khashoggi was killed, her report pieces together his last moments, and how he was confronted by a Saudi officials , one of whom said: “We are coming to get you.”
Its main findings include:
- There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation, of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the crown prince’s.
- Khashoggi’s death was an extrajudicial killing. His attempted kidnapping would constitute a violation under international human rights law … and may constitute an act of torture under the terms of the convention against torture.
- The investigations conducted by Saudi Arabia and Turkey failed to meet international standards regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths.
- The Saudi investigation into the murder was not conducted in good faith, and might amount to obstructing justice.
- A demand that the trial of the 11 suspects in Saudi Arabia be suspended amid concerns about secrecy over the proceedings and lack of credibility.
- The killing of Khashoggi has highlighted the vulnerabilities of dissidents living abroad and the risks they are facing of covert actions by the authorities of their countries of origin or non-state actors associated to them.
Via The Guardian