The UN human rights investigator Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard leading the international inquiry into the murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi has obtained conclusive evidence implicating the Saudi government for the crime, calling it “a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”, in a statement released on Thursday 7 February.
The interim report comes after a weeklong investigation in Turkey by her team of three international legal and forensic experts. The final report to the UN Human Rights Council will be presented in June 2019.
Saudi Arabia also “seriously undermined” Turkey’s efforts to investigate Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“Woefully inadequate time and access was granted to Turkish investigators to conduct a professional and effective crime-scene examination and search required by international standards for investigation,” Callamard said.
Jamal Khashoggi, an inside Saudi journalist turned critic who commented on the policies pursued by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2 2018. His body has yet to be found.
US intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered an operation to kill Khashoggi because he was a critic of his policies, and say his body was dismembered and removed to a location still publicly unknown.