On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs dismissed a UN report which claims that there is credible evidence Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-level officials are responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Adel al-Jubeir wrote on Twitter, “Nothing new… The rapporteur in the human rights council repeats in her non-binding report what has been published and circulated in the media.” The report “contains clear contradictions and baseless allegations which challenge its credibility”, he added.
On Wednesday, the UN special Agnes Callamard said in a report that 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.”
She concluded that Khashoggi’s murder was deliberate and premeditated but made no conclusion as to guilt. Her report relies on recordings and forensic work conducted by Turkish investigators and information from the trials of the suspects in Saudi Arabia.
However, Jubier rejected the charge of influencing the trial or removing it from the Saudi judicial process. He said that the report contained “false accusations confirmed as stemming from Callamard’s preconceived ideas and positions towards the kingdom.”