U.N. Report Points Finger at Saudi Arabia, Including the Crown Prince, For Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Death; Recommends Next Steps in Investigation

  • There is now evidence to support that Saudi Arabia, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are responsible for “The Washington Post” writer Jamal Khashoggi’s death, according to the United Nations report released on Wednesday.
  • The report noted “that there is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the Crown Prince’s.”
  • The report read: “Khashoggi’s killing constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible. His attempted kidnapping would also constitute a violation under international human rights law.”
  • The report details the next steps that should occur in the investigation and what actions should be taken by the U.S., the U.N. and others.
  • The U.N. report specifically says that the U.N. should “initiate a follow-up criminal investigation into the killing of Mr. Khashoggi to build-up strong files on each of the alleged perpetrators and identify mechanisms for formal accountability, such as an ad hoc or hybrid tribunal.”
  • Additionally, it said: “The Secretary General himself should be able to establish an international follow-up criminal investigation without any trigger by a State.”
  • According to the report, “it also recommends that the U.N. Human Rights Council or the U.N. General Assembly establish a standing Instrument for the criminal investigation into allegations of targeted killing, or other acts of violence against journalists, human rights defenders or others targeted because of their peaceful activities or expressions.”
  • The U.N. report said: “The Saudi Public Prosecution made public a few of their findings on 15 November but the statement was light on details, limiting itself to a few general allegations.”
  • Saudi Arabia still has not disclosed the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains.
  • Khashoggi, who was Saudi Arabian, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, though at the time, he lived in the U.S. Khashoggi regularly criticized Saudi Arabia.

Reference Links

  • USA TODAY: What the UN wants next in the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder READ
  • Democracy Now!: U.N. Finds “Credible Evidence” of MBS’s Responsibility in Khashoggi Murder READ
  • Politico: ‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi murder: UN expert READ
  • Daily Beast: U.N.: ‘Credible Evidence’ Crown Prince Is to Blame for Khashoggi’s Killing READ

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