On Wednesday, an independent UN rights expert called for an international investigation claiming that there is “credible evidence” linking Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.
In a new report, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard said she had “determined that there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi Officials’ individual liability, including the Crown Prince’s.”
The report claimed that “no conclusion is made as to guilt. The only conclusion made is that there is credible evidence meriting further investigation, by a proper authority, as to whether the threshold of criminal responsibility has been met.”
Callamard said as an example that she is recovered the proof that “Khashoggi was himself fully aware of the powers held by the Crown Prince, and fearful of him.”
Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh blamed the murder on rogue agents after claiming it had no knowledge of his fate.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was urged by Callamard to launch an official international probe into the case. According to her, it is likely to make it possible to “build-up strong files on each of the alleged perpetrators and identify mechanisms for formal accountability, such as an ad hoc or hybrid tribunal.”
On Wednesday, she said that the investigations executed till now by Saudi Arabia and Turkey had “failed to meet international standards regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths.”
She asked the United States, where Khashoggi used to live, to start a probe into the case, if they have already done so, “and pursue criminal prosecutions within the United States, as appropriate.”
The report of Wednesday also claimed that “Saudi Arabia deliberately used consular immunity to stall Turkey’s investigations until the crime scene could be thoroughly cleaned.”