'Credible evidence' ties Saudi prince to Khashoggi murder, UN expert says

'Credible evidence' ties Saudi prince to Khashoggi murder, UN expert says

"There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials' individual liability, including the Crown Prince's", she said.

A known critic of the Crown Prince - especially in his columns for the Washington Post - many suspected the Saudi hierarchy were involved in his demise. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. The murder sparked global outrage, including in Hollywood, where companies had eagerly courted the prince and Saudi money as the oil-rich kingdom began opening up its entertainment market.

"It entailed training, with two Saudi attaches from Istanbul flying to Riyadh for "top secret", "urgent" training and preparation, and it required planning and execution in Istanbul", the UN's special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings wrote in a report for the Human Rights Council. "The Crown Prince willingly took the risk that other crimes, such as the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, would be committed, whether or not he directly ordered the specific crime", she said.

Saudi Arabia initially offered multiple shifting accounts about his disappearance, but as pressure mounted the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed by rogue officials in a brawl inside their Istanbul consulate.

Khashoggi's killing provoked widespread disgust and damaged the image of the crown prince, previously admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the president, said in a statement at the time, "While I understand that Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, the behavior of Mohammed bin Salman can not be ignored".

His body was dismembered and removed from the building, the Saudi prosecutor has said, and his remains have not been found.

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that the United Nations report regarding Jamal Khashoggi's murder "has clear contradictions and baseless accusations, which hurt its credibility".

Asked if universal jurisdiction meant potential arrests of suspects overseas, Callamard said: "If and when the responsibility of those individuals has been proven, including the responsibilities of a level that warrant arrest, absolutely".

The trial of the 11 suspects now taking place in Saudi Arabia should be suspended, according to Ms Callamard, because this was an worldwide crime, over which there is universal jurisdiction. The report concluded that any campaign against dissidents and political opponents would not be possible without the crown prince's "agreement of acquiescence".

In a conversation with Khashoggi, an official told him he would have to be taken back to Saudi Arabia. However, Callamard was not able to visit Saudi Arabia and said officials never responded to her petitions to visit the country. "Now is not the time to do business as usual with Saudi Arabia". President Donald Trump has defended U.S. -Saudi ties in the face of global outcry over the slaying.

Saudi Arabia has said it wants to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East with help from US companies, but it has so far refused to sign an agreement which would ensure that it does not develop nuclear weapons and include a restriction on uranium enrichment and reprocessing spent nuclear fuel.

Separately, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is reviewing the executive branch's negotiations with Saudi Arabia on nuclear energy since 2009.

Saudi Arabia is the United States' largest arms client, with over $129 billion in approved purchases.



Related Posts

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup, Rishabh Pant confirmed as replacement
Dhawan carried on batting and scored a century to earn the man-of-the-match award as India beat the reigning champions by 36 runs. While the X-ray didn't show any fracture, CT scan revealed otherwise and Dhawan was taken to a specialist for further assessment.

Kyrgios backs Barty, sledges Murray
I'm not putting any expectations on myself because just being out on a tennis court again, and being comfortable and pain free, is enough.

Trump launches 2020 reelection campaign, calling U.S. 'envy of the world'
And ahead of the rally, he pushed several of the core issues in his populist, nationalist platform. If anything, the surveys point to another bitterly fought, tight race.

New Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston Movie Murder Mystery Is A Massive Success
"30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days - the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film ". Netflix signed a four-movie deal with Sandler in 2015 , and doubled down with a deal for another 4 movies in 2017 .

Air Serbia, Croatia Airlines and Adria among Europe's best
Bautista: "We sincerely thank our PAL passengers for their votes and positive evaluation of PAL's products and services". Our national carrier was also hailed as the best airline in Asia and took fourth spot on the list of cleanest airlines.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4, Boxster Spyder unveiled
In both the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder , fuel consumption is rated at 10.9 l/100 km, with Carbon dioxide emissions at 249 g/km. Both have a 0 to 100 kmph time of 4.4s, while the Cayman maxes out at 304 kmph, the Spyder get to 301 kmph.

Trudeau approves expansion of crude oil pipeline, says legal challenges likely
Critics, of which there are many, wasted little time denouncing the news and predicting another courtroom rejection. The group vowed that the pipeline will never get built.

Trump sidesteps question of apology to Central Park 5
The teenagers initially confessed to the crime but later recanted, saying their admissions were the result of police coercion. The five men who were wrongfully accused didn't only get exonerated but were awarded a total of $40M in damages in 2014.

Massey climbs 45 places in world university rankings
The University of the Philippines climbed 28 places higher - from No. 384 to 356 - in the 2020 QS World University Rankings . Manchester is now listed as the world's 27th best university, ranking 6th in the United Kingdom and 8th in Europe.

Tamil Nadu water woes: Chennai goes thirsty, industry feels the heat
They have installed a rainwater harvesting system which collects rainwater from the factory premises into a storage pond. He added that some of the companies have put a halt on the recruitment process for the time being.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.