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13:50  19 june  2019
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Turkish officials have called publicly for an international investigation , and but have not made a “This is not a replacement for an official U . N . criminal investigation ordered by the secretary Saudi Arabia is conducting its own investigation into the killing and has rejected a Turkish request to

Callamard called it “unconscionable” that Saudi Arabia has yet to disclose the location of Khashoggi ’s body, saying that “from an international human rights The U . N . official also raised “major concerns” about the judicial process for the 11 people facing trial in Saudi Arabia for the killing , including a lack

U.N. investigator calls for probing Saudi officials in Khashoggi killing © HARISH TYAGI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is accused of ordering the killing of Jamal Khashoggi A special U.N. investigator on Wednesday called for further investigation of high-level Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Agnes Callamard, a human rights expert who is a special rapporteur for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, released a 101-page report on her months-long inquiry into Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Callamard said the culpability for Khashoggi’s killing extends beyond the 11 unnamed Saudis who are on trial in a closed-door judicial proceeding. She called it an extrajudicial killing, possibly involving torture, for which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible, and said Saudi authorities had participated in the destruction of evidence.

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U.N. investigator calls for probing Saudi officials in Khashoggi killing © MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images Jamal Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul sparked ab outcry against the kingdom Though she said she found no “smoking gun” incriminating the crown prince himself, she said he had played an essential role in a campaign of repressing dissidents and he almost certainly knew that a criminal mission targeting Khashoggi was being planned.

“Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources and finances,” she wrote. “While the Saudi government claims that these resources were put in place by Ahmed Asiri, every expert consulted finds it inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the Crown Prince being aware, at a minimum, that some sort of mission of a criminal nature, directed at Mr. Khashoggi, was being launched.”

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Senior Saudi officials were “criminally responsible” if they failed to investigate and prosecute those responsible for killing the Washington Post columnist Charbonneau added that Saudi authorities should open the Khashoggi murder trial to U . N . observers, international activists and media, and

Asiri, Saudi Arabia's former deputy head of intelligence, is one of two senior Saudi officials implicated by the kingdom’s prosecutors in the killing, and the only senior official on trial.

Callamard’s account of Khashoggi’s death is the most definitive to date, even though her inquiry was hampered by Saudi Arabia’s refusal to allow her to visit the kingdom to conduct interviews. The United States has so far avoided apportioning blame, saying it is still learning details.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump have deplored the killing of Khashoggi, a contributing columnist for The Washington Post in the year before his death. But they have said the relationship with Saudi Arabia, a key ally in the administration’s campaign against Iran, is too important to be sidetracked by a single incident.

Pompeo recently said the United States, invoking emergency powers due to the rising tensions with Iran, will sell $8 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Saudi Arabia’s widely derided version of events has created a scandal for the kingdom. The G7 industrialised nations issued a fresh call for “a Shortly afterwards, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said the US would revoke the visas of Saudi officials implicated in Khashoggi ’s death, and

Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake," but sought to shield its “They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it,” he said. The weeks of denial and lack of

Callamard said she found insufficient evidence to conclude that either Turkey or the United States knew or should have known and warned Khashoggi of a threat to his life. Nor did she find evidence that U.S. intelligence had intercepted the crown prince’s communications suggesting he wanted Khashoggi dead.

Callamard was harsh in her assessment of Saudi Arabia and its response to Khashoggi’s death. She said it had taken only “timid steps” to prosecute 11 suspects. She noted that the trial is closed, and not even the names of the accused have been publicly released. Saying she was concerned about a miscarriage of justice, she called for the trial to be suspended.

The report provided new, grisly details of Khashoggi’s death that she gleaned from listening to portions of an audio tape of his killing provided by Turkish authorities.

According to the report, 13 minutes before Khashoggi entered the consulate on Oct. 2, two of the Saudi agents, Maher Mutreb and Dr. Salah Tubaigy, a forensic expert, discussed dismembering the body.

“Joints will be separated,” Tubaigy told Mutreb. “First time I cut on the ground. If we take plastic bags and cut it into pieces, it will be finished.” Khashoggi’s name was not mentioned, but rather referred to as the “sacrificial animal” by Mutreb.

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The report also said that Tubaigy “expressed concerns” about what was about to transpire, telling Mutreb: “My direct manager is not aware of what I am doing. There is no one to protect me.”

The audio tape suggests they attempted to make Khashoggi believe he would be kidnapped, not killed, and repatriated to Saudi Arabia.

After Khashoggi arrived at the Saudi consulate, he was invited to the consul general’s office and asked whether he would return to Saudi Arabia.

“He responded that he wanted to return in the future,” the report states.

But the Saudi agents, using the pretext of an Interpol warrant, said they were there to bring him back to the kingdom.

More conversation followed, the report said. Khashoggi insisted people were waiting for him outside, as one of the agents tried to convince him to send a message to his son. “What should I say?” Khashoggi asked. “See you soon? I can’t say kidnapping.”

“Type it Mr. Jamal,” one of the agents replied. “Hurry up. Help us so that we can help you because at the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don’t help us you know what will happen at the end.”

Then, in the recordings, “sounds of a struggle can be heard,” the report said.

Callamard’s long-awaited report significantly amplifies her preliminary findings released in February. She said then that Khashoggi was “the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia.” She said Saudi Arabia had “seriously curtailed and undermined” Turkeys attempts to investigate.

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Turkish officials have been frustrated by what they say is a lack of cooperation by Riyadh and have called for an international inquiry. After denying for several weeks that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing and is seeking the death penalty against

Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2 by a team of Saudi agents who were awaiting him at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he went in to get some documents for his impending remarriage.

The Saudis initially insisted he had left the building, but it was later revealed a body double had been sent out the back door while his fiancee waited outside near the front door. That was among several turns in Saudi Arabia’s story, including the claim that he died in a fistfight. But evidence emerged showing that he had been killed inside the building, dismembered and removed to an unknown location.

The CIA has determined it is likely that Khashoggi was ordered killed by the crown prince, the day-to-day ruler who Khashoggi had sometimes criticized in his columns in The Washington Post.

The head of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban, has called the reporter’s death an “unfortunate accident.” He said the kingdom will not agree to an independent, international investigation, because that would suggest doubt in “the integrity of our judicial apparatus.”

Khashoggi’s death has spurred international outrage and trained attention on the crown prince, tarnishing his reputation as a reformer. In March, 36 nations publicly censured Saudi Arabia and demanded an impartial and transparent investigation into Khashoggi’s death.

So far, the United States has not joined the criticism. Pompeo said the administration is still working to identify the responsible parties, and assured that the United States will hold all accountable.

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Saudi intelligence officer and former diplomat Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb played a "pivotal role" in the apparent assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi , a source familiar with the Turkish investigation has told CNN.

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Fahim reported from Istanbul.

U.N. investigator calls for probing Saudi officials in Khashoggi killing © Cemal Yurttas/AP United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, near the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, during a January visit to investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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