US report faults Saudi Arabia in killing of journalist

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

Saudi Arabia on Thursday reiterated its rejection of calls for an worldwide, independent investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting it was well equipped to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The suspects are believed to have been involved in the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi, a Middle East Eye and Washington Post columnist, inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on 2 October, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

Saudi Arabia says those responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been brought to justice.

Aiban insisted that his country was "horrified by what has happened pursuant to this unfortunate accident".

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's bid to diversify his nation's oil-dependent economy - is one of the most consequential development plans in modern history.

Dr.al-Aiban also said that the Kingdom rejects calls to "internationalize" the investigation into Khashoggi killing as amounting to interference in domestic affairs.

After countries around the world, including every European Union member nation, encouraged Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an global investigation into the Washington Post journalist's death, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban responded Thursday, saying his country already took care of everything.

Aiban said that there had so far been three hearings, and that the accused and their lawyers had been present.

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The suspects, he said, "were entitled to a fair trial. and none of their human rights have been violated, and they have been subjected to no form of torture or cruel and inhuman treatment".

Aiban's statements come a week after a rare censure of Saudi Arabia by 36 countries demanding transparency into the Khashoggi investigation.

Khashoggi's death sparked worldwide outrage and focused a global spotlight on the crown prince.

"Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country".

The CIA concluded late a year ago that bin Salman ordered the journalist's assassination, an accusation that has been echoed by United States senators and other observers.

On Thursday, critics of the government's handling of the investigation, including Yahya Assiri, a Saudi human rights activist, noted the omission of any mention of the kingdom's powerful crown prince.

"They are hiding the name for the person who ordered this operation".

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