Khashoggi’s killing: UN probe wraps up in Turkey

Ankara [Turkey]: The United Nation’s (UN) special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, has wrapped up investigations into deceased scribe Jamal Khashoggi’s death in Turkey.

Saudi Arabia refused to cooperate in the investigations, denying Callamard access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul along with stopping Saudi officials from meeting with the UN official, according to Al Jazeera.

However, she heard recordings of Khashoggi’s last moments. The tapes, which are in Turkey’s possession, have been previously shared with USA’s Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Director Gina Haspel and countries like the UK, France, Germany amongst others.

Callamard further met with Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Yasin Aktay, who is an aide of the Turkish President.

Her recommendations will now be discussed by the member nations of the Human Rights Council. The council could either ignore the dossier, use it as a basis for a more comprehensive investigation or take the issue up in the UN Security Council (UNSC). The UNSC has the power to set up tribunals, inquiries or refer a case to the International Criminal Court.

“As Callamard leaves Turkey, there are hopes that her report lays a crucial foundation to bring those responsible for Khashoggi’s brutal murder to account, including any officials behind the killing,” Al Jazeera quoted Balkees Jarrah, a lawyer with the Human Rights Watch, as saying.


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