Saudi Arabia Rights Head Says Pursuing Justice For Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Arabia Rights Head Says Pursuing Justice For Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Arabia has refused to allow any worldwide investigators to look into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying those responsible are already facing justice.

The head of its Human Right's Commission made a statement at a United Nations human rights conference in Geneva without giving any details.

President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, pictured in November, told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday the accused killers behind Jamal Khashoggi's death are being brought to justice.

Khashoggi, who worked as a contributor for The Washington Post, was an outspoken critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It said earlier on Thursday that Saudi authorities should disclose the names of defendants and the charges they face if it want to avoid questions over the "sincerity of judicial proceedings in the kingdom". " While not naming any names, he said that 11 Saudi citizens had been indicted for the "heinous crime" a year ago".

After countries around the world, including every European Union member nation, encouraged Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an worldwide investigation into the Washington Post journalist's death, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban responded Thursday, saying his country already took care of everything. He was killed inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than a month after his death, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded Salman ordered Khashoggi's death.

Al-Aiban described the murder as an "unfortunate accident".

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Riyadh "categorically rejects any talk about the internationalization of the Khashoggi case", he said.

After making numerous contradictory statements, it said Mr. Khashoggi was killed after negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed - and later that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, without identifying them.

He said those on trial in connection have had three hearings with their lawyers present but he neglected to provide further information.

But he said Saudi Arabia could not accept recommendations during the UPR for the country to allow worldwide experts to participate in the investigation and to oversee the process.

He added that any demands by foreign countries or bodies to launch an worldwide investigation would be "tantamount to the global community doubting the integrity of our judicial apparatus".

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