Saudi Arabia Rights Head Says Pursuing Justice For Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

The accused in the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October previous year have so far attended three court hearings along with their lawyers, Al-Aiban told the Council.

The notice was issued on March 1 as part of Turkey's request over the investigation launched into the murder by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

"Turkey will continue to serve the cause of justice until Jamal Khashoggi's body is found, the local collaborator (s) are identified, and those who ordered the hit are revealed", Altun concluded, once again emphasizing that the incident must be investigated "to the last detail" and "without being politicized". He was killed inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Previously, Saudi officials have said 11 people have been indicted in relation to the Khashoggi murder and that five suspects will face the death penalty.

It also criticized Aiban's rejection of any foreign investigation.

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Fahrettin Altun, communications director for the Turkish presidency, criticised Aiban's comments, saying Turkey was "deeply concerned" by his objection to an global investigation into Khashoggi's murder. "We find it hard to understand why an official working in the area of human rights would possibly be unsettled by efforts to shed light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder", the Turkish presidency said.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 17 individuals in November, but these did not include several high-ranking Saudi officials implicated in the murder, including the Crown Prince.

Al-Aiban spoke as the 47-member Human Rights Council conducted Thursday a regular review of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, a periodic process faced by all United Nations member states.

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.

Three dozen Western countries, including all 28 European Union members, called on Saudi Arabia last week to cooperate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist.

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