After six months of investigation, Agnès Calamard, human rights expert and special rapporteur of the United Nations, believes that she has gathered enough evidence of the involvement of the Saudi state in the death on 2 October, of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi correspondent for the Washington Post in the premises of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, on Wednesday called for the launch of an investigation to determine with precision the responsibility of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman in this case.
As a reminder, the Saudi authorities at first denied the murder of the journalist, they had subsequently put forward several contradictory versions before recognizing that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the course of his life, an operation not authorized by the power. However, considering that in Saudi Arabia almost all power is held by the Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salman without the agreement of which nothing can be done and that Jamal Khashoggi who virulently criticized his hand on the country “was himself fully aware of his powers and feared”, the CIA remains fully convinced not only of his involvement in this assassination but that he was even the main sponsor.
The research carried out having updated “credible evidence” concerning the individual responsibility of senior Saudi officials and does not exclude that of the Crown Prince in the assassination of the Saudi journalist, the UN expert calls for the opening of an “additional investigation”.
In her report, Agnès Calamard, who had access to an audio recording of the Turkish secret service, reveals, in great detail, what happened on the premises of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and cites the names and functions of the members of the a “team of 15 Saudi” was responsible for the execution of this sinister operation.
Despite calling for continued sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries against 17 Saudis for their participation in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, the UN expert said they “do not take into account the question of the responsibility of the chain of command “and that they should apply, also, “to the Crown Prince and his personal property abroad”.
The UN expert also warns against “the disproportionate importance attached to the identification of the perpetrator of the crime” because it would blame the “physical perpetrators” for this heinous murder and dismiss it, at the same time, its sponsor.
As a result, the UN Special Rapporteur calls on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to “open a follow-up criminal investigation into the assassination of Mr. Khassoggi in order to build solid files on each of the alleged perpetrators”.
Considering, moreover, that in the proceedings brought before the Saudi courts, the prosecution had cleared Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salmane, implicated more than 20 people and claimed the death penalty for five of them, Agnès Callamard, arguing that the procedure failed to “meet international standards,” called for its suspension and asked the FBI to launch a new investigation into the assassination of the Saudi correspondent for the Washington Post.
But if Turkey immediately “strongly supported” the recommendations of the report presented by Agnès Callamard, the number two of the Saudi diplomacy considers that this document remains “without foundation” because having been written by an independent expert of the UN, he does not speak on behalf of the United Nations, while Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, on Twitter, said that the report presented by the UN Special rapporteur “contains inconsistencies and unfounded allegations; which casts doubt on its credibility”, contains “nothing new” and “repeats what has been said and what has been peddled by the media”.
What to say to finish that after having leaked a lot of blood, the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi will not stop making a lot of ink still.