Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice

Erika Holt
March 16, 2019

The head of the state-backed Saudi human rights commission dismissed an global investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The suspects are believed to have been involved in the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi, a Middle East Eye and Washington Post columnist, inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on 2 October, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

The Red Notice was reportedly issued for the former Saudi Deputy Intelligence Chief Ahmed al Asiri, and Saud al Qahtani, an advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

He said those on trial in connection have had three hearings with their lawyers present but he neglected to provide further information. He gave no names or other details, however, as the suspects' identities have not yet been made public.

Mr al Aiban rebuffed recommendations made by a number of United Nations countries for steps to, as the UK requested, "ensure [a] comprehensive and transparent investigation", with, as Iceland suggested, "international experts" into the murder.

He insisted that his country was "horrified by what has happened pursuant to this unfortunate accident".

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The human rights review coincided with reports from Yemeni military officials that the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes which mistakenly killed and wounded forces allied with the government, who the coalition support.

Although a country rich with exceptional natural, cultural, and heritage sites, Saudi Arabia is only now developing its tourism sector beyond its current structure, which has been created to cater all-year-round to religious pilgrims.

The CIA concluded late a year ago that bin Salman ordered the journalist's assassination, an accusation that has been echoed by U.S. senators and other observers.

After making numerous contradictory statements, it said Mr. Khashoggi was killed after negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed - and later that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, without identifying them.

Agnes Callamard, UN investigator on extrajudicial executions, said that Saudi officials have not responded to requests to cooperate with her investigation into the murder.

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