- Title: Justice for Khashoggi cannot rely only on Saudi judiciary - U.N expert
- Date: 2nd October 2019
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (OCTOBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ARMORED POLICE VEHICLE PARKED OUTSIDE SAUDI CONSULATE WHERE DISSIDENT JOURNALIST JAMAL KHASHOGGI WAS KILLED IN 2018 POLICEMAN VARIOUS OF U.N. SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS, AGNES CALLAMARD, WORKING ON HER SPEECH (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS, AGNES CALLAMARD, SAYING: "Progress is slow but progress is happening through different ways and different routes. I just... I think it is important to recognize the justice for a case such as Jamal Khashoggi is going to take time. That we cannot expect summary justice within a year and that given the possible implication of the highest level of the state, we need to acknowledge that justice may demand a great deal of political push and commitment and cannot be reliant just on the judiciary system in Saudi Arabia." CALLAMARD BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS, AGNES CALLAMARD, SAYING: "While we wait for that kind of justice to be served, there are other forms of justice that can be driven and that have been driven. We can demand further truth. We can demand that other actors who have information in the United States or in Turkey come public through formal process. We can demand that the CIA information to be declassified. We can demand that the FBI initiate an investigation and some actors are doing all of that. In the United States there are a number of ongoing processes." CALLAMARD BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS, AGNES CALLAMARD, SAYING: "We know that one person mentioned by the Saudi prosecutor was an advisor to the crown prince, Saud al Qahtani. So the relationship and the distance is actually very, very small. We also know that the level of preparation, the level of organisation, the level of resources and the level of confidence that have characterized this crime would not have been possible without the highest endorsement at the minimum of the level of the state authorities." SENIOR RESEARCHER ON TURKEY WITH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ANDREW GARDNER, WALKING PAST (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR RESEARCHER ON TURKEY WITH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ANDREW GARDNER, SAYING: "Unfortunately, a year after the shocking murder of Jamal Khashoggi we are in exactly the same place we were a year ago. All the important questions - who gave the orders for the murder? Who was responsible? Where are Jamal Khashoggi's remains? - are still unanswered. This is, you know, the most shocking case of a journalist being silenced for expressing his views in the most brutal way possible." SECURITY AT THE ENTRANCE OF SAUDI CONSULATE VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF SAUDI CONSULATE SAUDI FLAG ON MAST
- Embargoed: 16th October 2019 11:47
- Keywords: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi death of Khashoggi one year anniversary Saudi consulate memorial
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA003AZEMZPJ
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- Story Text: Justice for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi "is going to take time", the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Agnes Callamard, told Reuters on Wednesday (October 2).
Speaking on the first anniversary of Khashoggi's murder, Callamard said "justice may demand a great deal of political push".
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the crown prince, was murdered on October 2 at its consulate in Istanbul. His dismembered body has never been found. A global outcry ensued and led to U.S. Treasury sanctions on 17 Saudi individuals and a Senate resolution blaming Prince Mohammed.
Saudi officials have denied suspicions in the CIA that the crown prince, known as MbS, ordered the killing.
Eleven people are on trial in Saudi Arabia, although Callmard has voiced concerns over a potential miscarriage of justice.
(Reporting: Bulent Usta, Yesim Dikmen)
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