By Helene Fung
A UN-led inquiry into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggiback on 2nd October, 2018, found that Saudi officials “planned and perpetrated” the torture and killing.
The Washington Post journalist was murder by a team of Saudi operatives, and then his body was dismembered and moved to an unknown location.
US intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the operation. This severely damaged the image of the Crown Prince, who previously won respects in the West for progressive changes such as tax reform and allowing women to drive.
The Saudi government denied that the Crown Prince was involved in Khashoggi’s murder.
UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, issued a statement in Geneva. Ms Callamard said that her mission to Turkey with a team of three experts “could not firmly establish whether the original intention was to abduct Mr Khashoggi, with his murder planned only in the eventuality of this abduction failing”.
Ms Callamard also accused Saudi officials of seriously undermining and delaying Turkey’s efforts to investigate the crime scene at its Istanbul consulate, where Khashoggi had gone to get papers needed for his wedding.