Evidence shows ‘brutal’ killing of Saudi journalist ‘planned and perpetrated’ by State officials: UN independent expert

UN Photo/Loey Felipe Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


Evidence collected in Turkey shows on initial examination, that former dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of “a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia,” according to the United Nations expert conducting an independent human rights inquiry into his death.

“The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the sheer brutality of it has brought irreversible tragedy to his loved ones”, said Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at the end of her first official visit to the country, from 28 January to 3 February.

“It is also raising a number of international implications, which demand the urgent attention of the international community including the United Nations”, she continued.

The Special Rapporteur travelled to Ankara and Istanbul with British Baroness Helena Kennedy, a forensics expert who sits in the House of Lords, and homicide investigator Paul Johnston.

Though the investigations are ongoing, she will present her final report to the Human Rights Council in June, along with a range of recommendations, including the issue of formal criminal accountability, and how these correspond to international law.

“The human rights inquiry I have committed to undertake is a necessary step, among a number of others, towards crucial truth telling and formal accountability”, she said.

Ms. Callamard noted that Turkey’s efforts to carry out a “thorough, independent and impartial” investigation had “been seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia”.

“Woefully inadequate time and access was granted to Turkish investigators to conduct a professional and effective crime-scene examination and search required by international standards for investigation,” she elaborated. He was last seen alive, going in to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, on 2 October last year.

The UN expert flagged that Mr. Khashoggi’s murder violated both international law and core rules of international relations, including the requirements for lawful use of diplomatic missions, saying that “the circumstances of the killing and the response by State representatives in its aftermath may be described as ‘immunity for impunity’.”

The Special Rapporteur said that she had heard parts of graphic audio material obtained by the Turkish intelligence agency, but largely due to time constraints, was unable to technically examine or independently authenticate it.

She called Mr. Khashoggi’s assassination part of a pattern of killings globally of journalists, human rights defenders, activists and opponents of various regimes.

“Fleeing abroad in search of safety has become less and less a reliable form of protection,” the Special Rapporteur warned. “The international community must take a strong and collective stand against these practices”.

Ms. Callamard thanked Turkey for supporting the visit and called on the relevant authorities to remain engaged and maintain full cooperation with the mission.

“I intend to continue to consider evidence in the weeks to come and would urge anyone who has knowledge or intelligence about what took place before and after Mr. Khashoggi’s murder, to share it with us,” the Special Rapporteur asserted.

The team met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Justice, the Chief of Turkish Intelligence, the Chief Prosecutor of Istanbul and a number of others, including from civil society and media.

Noting that her office had no official representation in the Gulf Kingdom, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had said earlier that a murder trial in Saudi Arabia, would not meet the requirements of an independent and international probe.

News reports have said that within US intelligence circles, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman either ordered the killing or was at least aware of it, but Riyadh, which denies any knowledge or involvement on the part of the Crown Prince, has formally charged 11 men with the murder – seeking the death penalty for five of them.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Chart of the day: These countries have the highest share of electric vehicles

Lagarde’s metamorphoses, not a laughing matter

For Youth Rights: steps forward for better protection.

UN General Assembly President defends ‘landmark’ migration compact

Russia and the West use the same tactics to dismember Ukraine

Parliament makes it easier to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative

Europe on the Move: Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility

4 myths about manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Despite progress towards peace, Afghanistan facing ‘daunting challenges’ ahead of presidential vote

Use space technology to build a better world for all, urges UN chief

VW emissions scandal: EU unable to protect its consumers against large multinationals

Court of Auditors: EU spending infested with errors well above the materiality threshold of 2%

UN urges ‘restraint’ in Bangladesh’s post-presidential election violence

Schengen: MEPs adopt their position on temporary checks at national borders

MWC 2016 LIVE: Xiaomi looks to revive growth with flagships

UN welcomes ‘milestone’ release of 833 Nigerian children from anti-Boko Haram force

European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes

Turkey needs to step up investment in renewables to curb emissions

Consumer product quality: MEPs take aim at dual standards

‘Much more’ can be done to raise awareness about the plight of persons with albinism: UN chief

Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

Fake news: What it is, and how to spot it

Crime and drugs in West and Central Africa: Security Council highlights ‘new alarming trends’

Maros Sefcovic Canete European Commission Energy

Better late than never? Commission runs now to fight energy dependency on Russia with the sustainable energy security package

UN rights chief slams ‘unconscionable’ US border policy of separating migrant children from parents

Europe’s far-right launches attacks on neighboring nations

IMF’s Lagarde to Peoples of the world: You have to work more for the banks!

EU is now giving Google new monopolies to the detriment of European citizens and Internet companies

Iran: women hunger strikers entitled to medical care, UN rights experts urge

UN underscores the need to celebrate indigenous peoples, not confine them

Mind control using sound waves? We ask a scientist how it works

Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan and Sudan

Governments and non-state actors need to take urgent action to meet Paris Agreement goals

Seize the opportunities of digital technology to improve well-being but also address the risks

Google once more under EU crossfire from a possible record fine and new Right to be forgotten case

Commission presents EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements for signature and conclusion

We must work together to build a new world order. This is how we can do it

A Valentine’s Special: giving back, a dialogue of love

Gender equality and medicine in the 21st century: an equity unachieved

A Sting Exclusive: “Consumer expectations for the 2015 UN summit on climate change”, Director General of BEUC Monique Goyens outlines from Brussels

MWC 2016 LIVE: Freemium MVNO model a success, claims FreedomPop head

Respect for fundamental rights and freedoms key for peaceful polls in DRC – UN mission chief

If we can build the International Space Station, ‘we can do anything’ – UN Champion for Space

MWC 2016 LIVE: 5G to embrace unlicensed bands and Wi-Fi

18th European Forum on Eco-innovation live from Barcelona: What’s next for eco-labelling?

Why growth is now a one way road for Eurozone

It’s Brexit again: Nigel Farage launches a personal campaign to lead the ‘No’ front

Health without borders: How we can Improve International Collaboration in Health Care

Irish Presidency: Not a euro more for EU budgets

Local innovation, international impact: SMEs and the ITU Telecom World Awards

EU Telecoms deal: Fees on calls across the EU capped and 5G network by 2020

IMF: How can Eurozone avoid stagnation

Indigenous peoples ‘lag behind on all social and economic indicators’: UN deputy human rights chief

A week to decide if the EU is to have a Banking Union

Libyan national conference postponed, nearly 500,000 children at ‘direct risk’ from fighting around Tripoli

What will Germany look like after the next election?

Can Greece’s democratic institutions keep it in Eurozone?

France pushes UK to stay and Germany to pay

Climate change and health – can medical students be the solution?

Women must have an equal share in politics, say MEPs and national MPs

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s