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Saudi Arabia Rejects Calls For Independent Investigation Into Khashoggi Killing

15 March, 2019, 20:27 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice

Some Western governments have accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being implicated in the murder.

Al-Aiban spoke as the 47-member Human Rights Council conducted Thursday a regular review of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, a periodic process faced by all United Nations member states.

The head of the state-backed Saudi human rights commission dismissed an worldwide investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as interference on Thursday, and said everyone accused was already facing justice in the kingdom.

Turkey urged Saudi Arabia to extradite the perpetrators, as well as to provide information about the location of Khashoggi's body.

People attend a symbolic funeral prayer for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the courtyard of Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. 16, 2018.

"We are indeed horrified by what has happened pursuant to this unfortunate accident and we have taken those measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime", he said.

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He told the council that most of the recommendations Riyadh had received regarding how to pursue the Khashoggi case during the so-called Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were already guaranteed by its constitution.

The head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al-Aiban, stressed Thursday that there were no secret detention centers in Saudi Arabia, saying they violated laws.

He also said "representatives of global organisations as well as NGOs and other stakeholders. were able to monitor and see how the court cases were unfolding", but did not specify which organisations had been permitted into the proceedings.

On Thursday, Aiban said the suspects had faced three hearings so far in Saudi Arabia with their lawyers present.

Saudi Arabia has accepted as many as 453 human rights recommendations, either full or in part, during the past 10 years.

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