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US NewsNo need for outside investigators into Khashoggi, says Saudi

07:25  15 march  2019
07:25  15 march  2019 Source:

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Jubeir said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials "acting outside their scope of authority" and that Turkey says Saudi lack of transparency on Khashoggi concerning, detrimental to credibility. The UN human rights investigator leading the international inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist

Saudi officials previously said the journalist had left the embassy alive and later that he had fallen victim to “rogue” elements. Republican and Democrat lawmakers have called on the US to halt sales of arms to Saudi Arabia and to conduct an independent investigation into Khashoggi ’s death saying

No need for outside investigators into Khashoggi, says Saudi © Getty Jamal Khashoggi was murdered after he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey Saudi Arabia has refused to allow any international investigators to look into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying those responsible are already facing justice.

Bandar bin Mohammed al Aiban, president of the Saudi Arabia's human rights commission, described Mr Khashoggi's killing as both an "unfortunate accident" and a "heinous crime".

He said those on trial in connection have had three hearings with their lawyers present but he neglected to provide further information.

Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkey said Saudi authorities should disclose the names of defendants and the charges they face if it wanted to avoid questions over the "sincerity of judicial proceedings in the kingdom".

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Donald Trump has said he found Saudi Arabia’s explanation about the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi credible and termed it an “important “The secretary-general stresses the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi ’s death

Donald Trump has said US investigators are looking into how Jamal Khashoggi vanished at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but made clear Those fears were also heightened by an announcement that the Turkish and Saudi governments would conduct a joint investigation into the case.

No need for outside investigators into Khashoggi, says Saudi © Sky News Screen Grab Mr Khashoggi's last moments alive were captured on CCTV

Mr al Aiban's comments formed part of the Saudi response during the UN's periodic review in Geneva, where countries offer recommendations to others to improve their human rights record.

Some 258 recommendations of areas to improve were made, with the Saudis accepting 182 of them and noting (essentially disagreeing with) 76.

Mr al Aiban rebuffed recommendations made by a number of UN countries for steps to, as the UK requested, "ensure [a] comprehensive and transparent investigation", with, as Iceland suggested, "international experts" into the murder.

No need for outside investigators into Khashoggi, says Saudi © Other Loujain al-Hathloul has been detained for 10 months. Pic: Family handout Mr al Aiban also said the case of the detained women's rights activists was based in law and was not an attack on human rights. Saudi Arabia says the detainees are "traitors".

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Mr. Pompeo issued a statement saying Saudi leaders had promised a “thorough, transparent, and timely investigation ” into what had befallen the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi Protesters holding pictures of the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month.

The problem is that outside Saudi Arabia hardly anyone believes the Saudi narrative. For days Saudi media indignantly denied any suggestion Khashoggi had met his end inside the consulate, claiming instead he had walked out into the streets of Istanbul. Then we were told he had died in a "fist fight".

Allegations of torture against the detainees was denied again by the Saudis, with Mr al Aiban saying "legislation in our country criminalised torture in all forms and aspects" and that if anyone was found to have been tortured then Saudi Arabia "provides them with all means of redress".

He also denied the existence of secret detention centres in his country.

Three of the women among the detained, Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain Al-Hathloul and Eman Al-Nafjan, have been awarded the PEN America/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, a prestigious accolade from the long-standing organisation dedicated to free speech through writing.

"These gutsy women have challenged one of the world's most notoriously misogynist governments, inspiring the world with their demand to drive, to govern their own lives, and to liberate all Saudi women from a form of medieval bondage that has no place in the 21st century," said Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America.

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“We don’t need direct evidence that [the Saudi crown prince] ordered the code red on this thing,” Marco Rubio said . “The bottom line is that there is no way more on this story. UN executions expert to visit Turkey to lead Khashoggi inquiry. Investigation comes as Saudi efforts to normalise relations with

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The human rights review coincided with reports from Yemeni military officials that the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes which mistakenly killed and wounded forces allied with the government, who the coalition support.

Eight border guards were killed and 33 others wounded when the coalition bombed an area along the Yemen-Saudi border on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than four years against the Iran-backed Houthis, who drove a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014.

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