Saudi official says kingdom pursuing justice in Jamal Khashoggi murder

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

Amid calls for Saudi Arabia to cooperate with a United Nations -led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the head of the kingdom's Human Rights Commission said on Thursday the accused killers were being brought to justice and reiterated the government's opposition to suggestions for an global probe into the case.

Last November, the Saudi PPO announced the indictment of 11 suspects in Khashoggi's murder, and later stated that 10 more individuals were under investigation.

Citing the Turkish Justice Ministry, Daily Sabah said the red notice was originally issued on 1 March as part of an investigation by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office into Khashoggi's murder.

Interpol declined to comment on Thursday, Reuters said.

"Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country".

The UN has repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an UN-led investigation into Khashoggi's murder, but the kingdom has refused, calling it an internal matter. " While not naming any names, he said that 11 Saudi citizens had been indicted for the "heinous crime" a year ago".

The State Department noted that in the past, Saudi Arabia did not punish officials accused of committing human rights abuses.

Aiban also rejected any outside probes into what happened to Khashoggi.

He said the kingdom would not accept what he termed as foreign interference in its domestic affairs and judicial system.

"We find it hard to understand why an official working in the area of human rights would possibly be unsettled by efforts to shed light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder, which received a global response", Altun said in a statement.

"Justice in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia operates pursuant to worldwide law and it does so in all transparency, " al-Aiban told the forum, right before adding that the Kingdom would not accept any "foreign interference" in its "domestic affairs or judicial system".

Saudi Arabian officials initially denied Khashoggi was killed, then they claimed he died in a brawl and eventually admitted the killing was premeditated.

"Turkey will continue to serve the cause of justice until Jamal Khashoggi's body is found, the local collaborator (s) are identified, and those who ordered the hit are revealed", Altun concluded, once again emphasizing that the incident must be investigated "to the last detail" and "without being politicized". In a report published on its Twitter account on Wednesday, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) detailed the Kingdom's cooperation with the UN mechanisms.

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