AFP: 'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder, UN expert says20 June 2019 | 02:30 | FOCUS News Agency
The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard.
Callamard, an independent human rights expert who does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it, called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal investigation into the case.
She told reporters in Geneva it was clear "the execution of Mr Khashoggi was the responsibility of the state of Saudi Arabia."
Callamard added: "There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi Officials’ individual liability, including the Crown Prince's."
Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir slammed Callamard's report, insisting on Twitter it "contains clear contradictions and unfounded allegations, casting doubt on its credibility."
Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric responded to Callamard's call for a UN inquiry by stating: "The Secretary-General does not have the power or the authority to launch criminal investigations without a mandate from a competent intergovernmental body. Power and authority to do that lies with Member States."
If UN member states do not carry out a full and effective criminal investigation, they would have to back a Security Council resolution, under the appropriate UN Charter provisions.
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