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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman
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U.N.: Evidence suggests Saudi prince liable for Khashoggi murder
The organization's special rapporteur calls on the international community to impose sanctions on Mohamed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials until it’s proven they weren't responsible for the assassination of the dissident journalist
Evidence suggests Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials are liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.N. rights investigator said on Wednesday.

 

 

There was no immediate reaction from Riyadh which was sent the 100-page report in advance - but the kingdom has regularly denied accusations that the prince was involved.

 

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman  (Photo: EPA)
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (Photo: EPA)

 

Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, called for countries to widen sanctions to include the Crown Prince and his personal assets, until and unless he can prove he has no responsibility.

 

Khashoggi, a critic of the prince and a Washington Post columnist, was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2 where he was to receive papers ahead of his wedding.

 

His body was dismembered and removed from the building, the Saudi prosecutor has said, and his remains have not been found.

 

"It is the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur that Mr. Khashoggi has been the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law," Callamard said in her report based on a six-month investigation.

 

Jamal Khashoggi (Photo: EPA)
Jamal Khashoggi (Photo: EPA)

 

Callamard went to Turkey earlier this year with a team of forensic and legal experts and said she received evidence from Turkish authorities.

 

"There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials individual liability, including the Crown Prince's", she said.

 

"Indeed, this human rights inquiry has shown that there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the Crown Prince demanding further investigation," she added, urging U.N. Secretary-General to establish an international probe.

 

Last year The Washington Post reported the Saudi officials used advanced cybersecurity technology developed by the Israeli NSO Group and its subsidiary, Q Cyber Technologies, among others companies, to assassinate the journalist.

 

David R. Ignatius, an associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post, claimed in a comprehensive article that Israel had authorized the NSO Group to sell Saudi Arabia the "Pegasus" surveillance software, in exchange for Riyadh's cooperation in fighting Iran.

 

 


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