Khashoggi murder perpetrators brought to justice, Saudi tells UN

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, provoking an worldwide outcry.

The head of the Saudi human rights commission said on Thursday that the kingdom was bringing those accused over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to justice and rejected an global investigation into the case.

Last November, the Saudi PPO announced the indictment of 11 suspects in Khashoggi's murder, and later stated that 10 more individuals were under investigation.

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".

Saudia Arabia's uncooperative approach has been consistent since Khashoggi was murdered. " While not naming any names, he said that 11 Saudi citizens had been indicted for the "heinous crime" previous year".

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The State Department report says The Washington Post columnist was killed by agents of the kingdom while he was inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"We would like to assume that Mr al-Aiban's remarks reflected his personal views rather than the official position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - our friend and kin".

Dr.al-Aiban also said that the Kingdom rejects calls to "internationalize" the investigation into Khashoggi killing as amounting to interference in domestic affairs.

After countries around the world, including every European Union member nation, encouraged Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an worldwide investigation into the Washington Post journalist's death, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban responded Thursday, saying his country already took care of everything.

Interpol has issued a red notice for the arrest of 20 suspects believed to be involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including a top adviser to Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudi government has denied any involvement by the crown prince.

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