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UN legal expert to present Khashoggi report before June

Khashoggi was killed on October 2 by a Saudi hit squad in Ankara

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 29, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 29, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Khashoggi was killed on October 2 by a Saudi hit squad in Ankara

People protesting the assasination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris. FILE PHOTO: AFP

A UN judicial expert tasked with investigating the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Tuesday she would present her report by the end of May.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, carried out an inspection outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where the regime critic was killed on October 2 by a Saudi hit squad which Ankara says was sent from Riyadh.

Speaking to journalists outside the mission, Callamard said her report would be made public in time for the June session of the UN human rights council.

“The report will be made public a few weeks before I present it to the human rights council in Geneva, so end of May possibly,” she said.

Callamard, an independent expert appointed by the United Nations, on Monday met Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul in Ankara before travelling to Istanbul.

She had a four-hour meeting Tuesday with Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan at the city’s main court and left without making any comment.

Riyadh, after denying the killing for two weeks, finally described it as a “rogue” operation and arrested a number of senior Saudi officials.

But the murder tipped the kingdom into one of its worst diplomatic crises. Nearly four months on, Khashoggi’s body has still not been recovered.

Callamard said her team contacted Saudi authorities for access to conduct an inspection inside the consulate “as well as meeting with Saudi authorities here and in Saudi Arabia.

“We are waiting for their response,” she said.

Callamard and her team did not enter the consulate.

“To be fair the request to them has come quite late, so we need to give them a bit more time to process our request,” she said.

“We are respectfully calling on the authorities to give us access at some stage while we are here.”

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