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Saudi probe dodges who ordered Khashoggi murder: UN expert

Saudi probe dodges who ordered Khashoggi murder: UN expert

Reuters
GENEVA
The UN executions investigator said on Wednesday that leaders attending the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this weekend should press Saudi Arabia to take “full responsibility” for what she called the state murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
An official Saudi Arabian investigation into his killing by Saudi agents has failed to examine who may have ordered the killing and ignored key suspects, said Agnes Callamard, UN investigator on extrajudicial executions.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a key adviser, and other senior officials should be investigated over the premeditated murder at its consulate in Istanbul given the evidence against them, said Callamard.
Saudi officials have long denied suspicions in the CIA and some Western countries that the crown prince ordered the killing in October.
“I have insisted that the killing of Mr Khashoggi is a state killing. It is not a killing by rogue officials as the government continued to pretend,” she said.
“It is therefore important that the countries that will be present in the G20 insist that the state of Saudi Arabia do take its full responsibility for the killing,” she said.
In her report this month she urged states to widen sanctions to include the crown prince and his assets abroad, unless he can prove he is not responsible.
Callamard undertook her own inquiry due to what she called “paralysis” of the United Nations.

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