A new report by United Nation’s (UN) Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Agnes Callamard, has found ‘there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi Officials’ individual liability, including the Crown Prince’s’.
The report comes months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey earlier last year. According to France 24, Saudi prosecutors have cleared Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) of any involvement, while ‘two dozen people implicated in the murder are in custody, with death penalties sought against five men’.
Callamard is calling on the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and extended UN bodies, to set up more efficient and thorough mechanisms to investigate Khashoggi’s killing, and its consequences.
She also extends a similar recommendation to the USA, asking that the FBI opens an ‘investigation into the execution of Mr. Khashoggi, if one is not already open, and pursues criminal prosecutions within the United States’.
The Special Rapporteur also made a set of recommendations to the Kindom of Saudi Arabia, of which it suggests the issuing of ‘a public recognition and apology to Mr. Khashoggi’s family, friends and colleagues for his execution’.