UN says Khashoggi's murder was premeditated

'Saudi Arabia responsible, credible evidence of Bin Salman role'

19 June, 18:09

    ROME - The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of ''a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law'', said Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur, on Wednesday.

    CNN online and other news sites reported her words.

    The UN report on the killing was released Wednesday after the first independent investigation. There is "credible evidence" that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior officials are linked to the killing, according to the 101-page report by UN human rights experts led by Callamard. She noted, however, that no conclusions have been reached as to who is the guilty party in the case. Callamard said that the investigation by the UN team - which in recent months travelled to Istanbul, where the Saudi journalist was killed on October 2, 2018 - had found that ''there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation, of high-level Saudi officials' individual liability, including the crown prince's'' and Said al-Qahtani, his close advisor and former social media communications chief.

    Callamard thus urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal trial without state intervention.

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