UN says Saudi Arabia responsible of Khashoggi murder

LONDON 

A UN report on Wednesday said the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “constituted an extrajudicial killing” for which “Saudi Arabia is responsible.”

In the report, Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said she found “credible evidence” to further probe Saudi officials’ individual liability in Khashoggi killing, including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Urging the Kingdom to apologize to Turkey for “the abuse of its diplomatic privileges and the violation of the prohibition against extra territorial use of force,” the report also prompted further investigations by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the FBI.

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he entered the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, last year.

Riyadh offered various, conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before acknowledging he was killed in the diplomatic building, seeking to blame his death on a botched rendition operation being carried out by rogue agents.

Source: AA