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The head of the Saudi human rights commission has said that the KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] had brought the “perpetrators of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi” to justice; having rejected any international role into the probe.
Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban told the U.N. Human Rights Council that those accused of the “heinous crime” and “unfortunate accident” at its Istanbul consulate had attended three hearings so far with their lawyers present, but gave no names or details.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on 2nd October last year, provoking an international outcry.
Saudia Arabia‘s uncooperative approach has been consistent since Khashoggi was murdered. The kingdom first started with repeated denials, claiming that Khashoggi was not killed at all. After eventually acknowledging the murder, Saudi officials continued their denials this time over the alleged guilt of the royal family and the crown prince. Despite it being over a 100 days passed since Khashoggi‘s assassination, the whereabouts of his body continue to remain unknown.