A UN reporter who investigated the murder in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Thursday that the killing was planned and carried out by Saudi officials.
Khashoggi, collaborator of the Washington Post and critic of the Saudi regime, was assassinated in the consulate of the ultra conservative kingdom in Istanbul on October 2.
“The evidence gathered during my mission to Turkey shows at first glance that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated murder, planned and perpetrated by officials of the Saudi Arabian state,” Agnes Callamard said at the end of a visit to Turkey. According to a UN statement.
Turkey says he was killed by a team of 15 Saudis who strangled him in the mission, and media reports have said his body was cut and dissolved in acid.
After denying the murder for two weeks, Riad finally described it as a “dishonest” operation and arrested several senior Saudi officials.
Khashoggi’s body has not yet been recovered.
“The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and his brutal brutality have brought an irreversible tragedy to his loved ones,” said Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
“It is also raising a series of international implications that require urgent attention from the international community, including the United Nations.”