Saudi Arabia minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday dismissed a new report from U.N experts that contains “credible evidence” that Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salma orchestrated the death of Jamal Kashoggi, U.S resident and a columnist of Washington Post.
Adel al-Jubeir claimed that there is nothing new with the evidences reported by U.N experts and they just keep on publishing and circulating the same thing.
“The reportâ€¦ contains clear contradictions and unfounded allegations, casting doubt on its credibility,” says al-Jubeir.
U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard, who led the independent inquiry, requested the United States to take concrete actions in response to her conclusions such as opening an FBI investigation into journalist’s murder case and to make sure that everyone involved will be held accountable.
Callamard concluded that the “execution of Mr Khashoggi was the responsibility of the state of Saudi Arabia”, she also urged United Nation Secretary General Antonio Guterres to make an official determination about the crown prince’s culpability in the matter.
“The president is trying to resist any accountability for them,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi lived before his death. “Theyâ€™ve decided theyâ€™re turning a blind eye to every instance of Saudi atrocities.”
However, United States kept their mouth shut regarding the case.
Lawmakers and foreign policy experts said that they are not expecting any comments from US and White House will never lead any investigation to dig deeper into the crown prince’s main role on Khashoggi’s death.
Saudi Arabia has been a very good ally of Unites States.
In line with the case, UN experts provided a minute-by-minute information where they found out that even before Khashoggi entered the consulate in Istanbul on October 2, Saudi officials were already planning on disemembering his body.
“He has arrived,” a voice replied, according to a transcript of an audio recording, part of a United Nations expert’s report into Khashoggi’s killing released on Wednesday.
The officials even called Khashoggi a “sacrificial animal” the moment he arrived in the facility.
The journalist entered the embassy at 13:15 where he was taken to the office of the Consul General located on the second floor of the building. Khashoggi was then asked if he plans to return to Saudia Arabia in the future.
13:22 when Maher Abdulaziz al-Mutreb, a senior Saudi intelligence officer and the bodyguard of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, forced Khashoggi to send a message to his son.
“Which son? What should I say to my son?” Khashoggi asked. “See you soon? I can’t say kidnapping,” he continued.
The journalist was then asked to take off his jacket.
“I will not write anything,” said Khashoggi.
“Type it, Mr Jamal. Hurry up. Help us so that we can help you because at the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don’t help us you know what will happen at the end; let this issue find a good end.”
Khashoggi was a Saudi dissident and former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel. He was killed last year on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey where his body was disemembered by Saudi officials.