Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudi crown prince Salman linked to journalist Khashoggi murder in U.N

Saudi crown prince Salman linked to journalist Khashoggi murder in U.N

Callamard was given access by Turkish intelligence to some recordings of conversations in the Saudi consulate.

They recounted how the Washington Post columnist's suspected killers discussed cutting up and transporting a body as they waited for what they called the arrival of the "sacrificial animal".

Tubaiqy continued: "Joints will be separated".

GENEVA - Evidence suggests Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials are liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a United Nations rights investigator said on Wednesday.

Ms Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Khashoggi was "brutally slain" inside the consulate that day. "Any party seeking to politically exploit the case must cease doing so and present whatever evidence it has to the courts in the Kingdom to help achieve justice", the prince said. "The Crown Prince willingly took the risk that other crimes, such as the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, would be committed, whether or not he directly ordered the specific crime", she said.

"Turkey has not initiated proceedings yet and hopes for credible accountability are weak in a country with such a track record of imprisonment of journalists", she added.

Human rights groups echoed Callamard's call for an worldwide investigation. His country is trying to execute an 18-year-old who was arrested when he was 13, reports say.

But Matthew Bryza, a former United States diplomat and senior fellow at the US-based Atlantic Council think-tank, said Guterres was unlikely to initiate a criminal probe.

"A price" from Saudi Arabia "can get one thing to originate on my ground in the enviornment of work", he instructed subordinates, and "their work within will acquire two or three days", the document talked about.

"The rapporteur in the human rights council repeats in her non-binding report what has been published and circulated in the media", he tweeted.

These were among the new details revealed in Callamard's report.

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But for that to happen, a change in the United States government's approach was needed, he said.

"There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials' individual liability, including the Crown Prince's", she said. "The Turkish authorities undoubtedly have more information and intelligence about events in the Saudi Consulate than they were willing or able to share with the inquiry", the report said. "In any case, our relationship is with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia". "It is the largest importer of arms in the world".

Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative several times since Khashoggi's death. The frictions ratcheted up in recent weeks in the wake of mysterious incidents that caused damage to commercial ships near the shipping lane of Strait of Hormuz, which the USA has blamed on Iran over Iranian denials.

Khashoggi refused and Mutreb shot back: "Type it, Mr. Jamal". The brutal killing - described by Callamard and Turkish and US officials as an elaborate plot - drew an worldwide outcry about press freedom and Saudi government tactics to quell criticism.

"There is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation", Callamard said.

The report stressed that "no conclusion is made as to guilt".

She did not let Turkey off the hook, either.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also on June 19 lashed out at the murderers of Khashoggi.

Adel al-Jubeir, the kingdom's minister of state for foreign affairs, dismissed the findings in messages on Twitter on Wednesday.

On her assessment of Riyadh's reaction to the killing, the Special Rapporteur said that the kingdom has "taken timid steps towards addressing its State responsibilities in terms of prosecution and reparation".

The UN dismissed Riyadh's defence of the Crown Prince who it claims did not sanction the killing of Khashoggi.

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