Khashoggi killing: Seven points you may have missed in the UN's report

Daniel Fowler
June 20, 2019

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was a critic of the crown prince, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 by Saudi officials, provoking widespread anger and tarnishing the image of the young prince.

Mr Khashoggi's dismembered body is believed to have been later removed to an unknown location.

The UN report into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi reveals disturbing new details about what happened in the hours before he died, and the conversations that were taking place between Saudi officials who were involved in his killing.

"There is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation", Callamard said.

The UN expert insisted that any worldwide sanctions over Khashoggi's killing "ought also to include the crown prince and his personal assets overseas, until and unless evidence is provided and corroborated that he carries no responsibilities for this execution".

The 33-year-old Saudi prince, who continues to have the support of his father, King Salman, denies any involvement in the killing.

What's next: Callamard lambasted the kingdom, saying its investigation of the murder had not been carried out in good faith and may have even amounted to obstruction of justice. He visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect a document that would allow him to marry his Turkish financée but never returned. "Academic research on Saudi Arabia tends to suggest that the level of control exerted by the Crown Prince over the management of the country's political, security and economic affairs is extremely high".

"No. Too heavy", responded Salah al-Tubaigy, a forensic doctor from the Interior Ministry who would dismember and dispose of the body.

In Wednesday's report, she said she found that the probes conducted so far by Saudi Arabia and Turkey had "failed to meet global standards regarding the investigation into unlawful deaths".

Ms Callamard noted limitations on her inquiry, which began in January.

Bin Salman was bruised by the scandal but ultimately survived it, thanks in no small part to the Donald Trump administration, which took no action against the crown prince. In recent weeks, the Trump administration has tried to ram through a sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia over objections in Congress.

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Khashoggi then became a US resident - splitting time between Virginia, London and Istanbul - and continued to criticize the kingdom's policies from afar in columns for the Post. But she takes them to task for failing to explain why certain people were targeted - particularly low-ranking Saudi officials - and not others, like Saud al-Qahtani, one of the alleged masterminds behind Khashoggi's murder.

"In view of my concerns regarding the fairness of the trial of the 11 suspects in Saudi Arabia, I call for the suspension of the trial", she said in the report. The U.S. had also previously revoked the visas for 21 unnamed Saudi individuals associated with the murder.

"Joints will be separated", Tubaigy said, according to the report.

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".

Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Will it "be possible to put the trunk in a bag?" asked Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to Saudi crown prince, according to the report.

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Callamard found "no evidence" that the Central Intelligence Agency knew about threats to Khashoggi's life before his death.

While countries hosting such dissidents bear responsibility for ensuring their safety, Callamard did not find evidence that Turkey or the United States violated "their obligation to protect Mr. Khashoggi".

Callamard, an academic and rights advocate, said she never received a response from the Saudis on her request to travel to the kingdom, and said she only had access to a total of 45 minutes of tapes recorded within the consulate around the time of the killing.

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