Turkey says endorses UN report on Khashoggi murder

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 19, 2019, 10.42 PM (IST)

Turkey on Wednesday backed the UN report which held accountable Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other officials for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a tweet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, "Strongly endorse #UN Rapporteur @AgnesCallamard's recommendations for elucidating Khashoggi's murder&holding those responsible accountable".

A UN rights investigator cited evidence on Wednesday claiming that the proof suggested Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials liable for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"It is the conclusion of the Special Rapporteur that Mr. Khashoggi has been the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law," Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions said in her report based on a six-month investigation.

Agnes Callamard also called for countries to widen sanctions to include the Crown Prince and his personal assets, until and unless he can prove he has no responsibility.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Saudi journalist disappeared after entering his country's consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance was initially shrouded in mystery and triggered an international crisis for both Riyadh and Washington as Turkish officials accused Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored killing.

Riyadh, after insisting that Khashoggi left its consulate alive, said more than two weeks afterwards that he died in a "brawl" that arose from a dispute with people he met there.

Three weeks on, the Saudi public prosecutor said the murder was "premeditated" according to information supplied by Turkey.

Khashoggi came from a prominent Saudi family with Turkish origins.

(With inputs from agencies)


 

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In a tweet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, 'Strongly endorse #UN Rapporteur @AgnesCallamard's recommendations for elucidating Khashoggi's murder&holding those responsible accountable'