US faults Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi death

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

Three dozen Western countries, including all 28 European Union members, called on Saudi Arabia last week to cooperate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist. "The person who ordered this operation is still safe and he is still leading the country", Assiri said, referring to Salman.

President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, pictured in November, told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday the accused killers behind Jamal Khashoggi's death are being brought to justice.

The Saudi consul-general in Istanbul at the time of the murder, Mohammed al-Otaibi, is also among the 20 individuals listed on Interpol's red notice.

Turkish authorities requested red notices for 18 suspects on November 15 and for two on December 21 in 2018, the justice ministry said.

Interpol declined to comment on Thursday, Reuters said. While he provided no names or details about the men who have been charged, he assured the 47-member council that Saudi Arabia is adhering to its own constitutional principles as well as global law.

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, Dr.al-Aiban said "we are horrified at Khashoggi killing" and that it was a "heinous crime" and an "unfortunate accident". He gave no names or details.

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Aiban also rejected any outside probes into what happened to Khashoggi.

"We urge Saudi Arabia to tell the world which individuals are now on trial on what charge (s)", Altun said, to lay to rest any doubts that may arise about the "sincerity" of the judicial proceedings in the kingdom.

"We find it hard to understand why an official working in the area of human rights would possibly be unsettled by efforts to shed light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder, which received a global response", Altun said in a statement. More than a month after his death, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded Salman ordered Khashoggi's death.

The State Department noted that in the past, Saudi Arabia did not punish officials accused of committing human rights abuses.

They also condemned Khashoggi's murder "in the strongest possible terms".


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