U.N. Panel confirms Saudi involvement in Khashoggi’s murder

The U.N. panel which investigated the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi reported initial results on Thursday. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and head of the mission, Agness Callamard, issued an interim report on Thursday on Khashoggi’s murder. The report stated that the Saudi journalist was assassinated under a premeditated plan by officials tied to the Saudi government.

The panel report also claimed that Saudi Arabia posed operational hindrances to Turkish judiciary’s efforts to investigate the death of Mr. Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate at Istanbul. Mr. Khashoggi visited the consulate to finalise bureaucratic procedures needs for proceedings with his wedding.  The panel’s final report will be presented before the U.N. Human Rights Council in June. The report will shed greater light on the role of Saudi officials in perpetrating the journalist’s murder. The panel’s interim verdict appears to verify western intelligence agencies’ allegations that the death of Mr. Khashoggi was ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The journalist was a major critic of the Saudi Crown Prince, often criticising his adminsistration from the Washington Post column. Mr. Khashoggi’s body was remembered and his parts have not yet been recovered. Riyadh still denies any associations with the journalist’s murder.

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