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In last words, Khashoggi asked killers not to suffocate him

In last words, Khashoggi asked killers not to suffocate himIn his final words, slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged his killers not to cover his mouth because he suffered from asthma and could suffocate, according to Turkey's Sabah newspaper. Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkey's government, published new details of a recording of Khashoggi's conversation with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to kill him. The paper says the recording of Khashoggi's grisly Oct. 2, 2018 killing and reported dismemberment at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was obtained by Turkey's intelligence agency.



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Saudi envoy blasts UN expert's report on Khashoggi killing

Saudi envoy blasts UN expert's report on Khashoggi killingIn what amounted to a face-off at the U.N’s top human rights body, Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil insisted that special rapporteur Agnes Callamard had failed to follow proper procedures and used flawed sourcing in her 101-page report made public last week. “Accusations have been launched, and fingers have been pointed — (she is) supporting herself on non-credible articles or sources,” he told the Human Rights Council, in Arabic through a U.N. interpreter.



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UN investigator says 'credible evidence' links Saudi Crown Prince to death of Jamal Khashoggi

UN investigator says 'credible evidence' links Saudi Crown Prince to death of Jamal KhashoggiThere is "credible evidence" to warrant further investigation into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a damning UN report released on Wednesday.  The 100-page document calls for an investigation into the crown prince and other high-level Saudi officials after Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul's Saudi embassy in October 2018. The report includes a forensic analysis of the evidence made available to UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard.  It recounts gruesome details from audio recordings of Saudi agents discussing how to dismember Khashoggi’s body, to separate joints and to cut through skin, calling him “the sacrificial animal”.  The journalist’s last words: “How could this happen in an embassy?… Are you going to give me drugs?” are followed by several moments of silence punctuated only by heavy breathing and the rustle of plastic.  The Turkish Intelligence Services suspect that during this period Khashoggi was drugged and suffocated with a plastic bag before being dismembered. Ms Callamard also calls for the ongoing trial of 11 Saudis to be suspended, saying the secretive conditions of the trial do not meet international standards and as such any verdict will amount to “a miscarriage of justice.”  How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded The report names all 15 Saudi agents who travelled to Istanbul, but cannot identify which if any are on trial as the Saudi authorities refuse to name the defendants.  It adds that Turkey, as a country that “routinely imprisons journalists”, cannot be trusted to carry out a fair investigation. Saudi Arabia dismissed the investigation. "It is not new. The report reiterates what has already been published and circulated in the media," Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, said on Twitter. The report also accuses UN member states of considering “only their own national and strategic interests” rather than helping to mediate and investigate following the execution, and calls on global businesses to apply financial pressure to Saudi companies rather than quietly going back to normal cooperation. It highlights refusing sales of intelligence-gathering equipment to the state until they can prove it is being used in compliance with human rights regulations. Human rights organisations hope the report will trigger wider attention on violations in the country.  “What the killing of Khashoggi has done is genuinely spotlight human rights in Saudi Arabia,” says Taif Al Khudary of MENA Rights Group. “This is the time to lobby Saudi Arabia and build on the calls in this report.”



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'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expert

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expertThere is “credible evidence” linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince’s foreign assets. 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.



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Has 'the sacrificial lamb' arrived?: U.N. cites new recordings in Khashoggi murder

Has 'the sacrificial lamb' arrived?: U.N. cites new recordings in Khashoggi murderMoments before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered last October, two of his suspected murderers waiting at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate fretted about the task at hand, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday. Will it “be possible to put the trunk in a bag?” asked Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to the crown prince, according to the report from the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Mutreb and 10 others are now on trial in closed hearings in Saudi Arabia for their role.



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Has "the sacrificial lamb" arrived?: UN cites new recordings in Khashoggi murder

Has "the sacrificial lamb" arrived?: UN cites new recordings in Khashoggi murderMoments before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered last October, two of his suspected murderers laying in wait at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate fretted about the task at hand, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday. Will it “be possible to put the trunk in a bag?” asked Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to Saudi crown prince, according to a report from the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Mutreb and 10 others are now standing trial in closed hearings in Saudi Arabia for their role in the crime.



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Kushner Backs CIA Finding of Saudi Blame for Khashoggi Death

Kushner Backs CIA Finding of Saudi Blame for Khashoggi Death“Look, I’m not going to dispute American intelligence services’ recommendations. Trump has played down the role of the crown prince in Khashoggi’s murder at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last year.



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Saudi must make Khashoggi trials public: UN expert

Saudi must make Khashoggi trials public: UN expertA UN human rights expert said Thursday that Saudi Arabia needed to hold public trials for those accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in order for the process to be credible. “Contrary to Saudi Arabia assertions, these are not internal, domestic matters,” said Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The kingdom “is grievously mistaken if it believes that these proceedings, as currently constituted, will satisfy the international community,” she added in a statement.



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Trump May Ignore Deadline on Khashoggi Murder Report to Congress

Trump May Ignore Deadline on Khashoggi Murder Report to CongressThe official said in an emailed statement that Trump maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when he feels it’s appropriate. The official said the White House would continue to consult with Congress on the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.



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US pressed on Khashoggi amid report Saudi prince threatened 'bullet'

US pressed on Khashoggi amid report Saudi prince threatened 'bullet'President Donald Trump faces a Friday deadline set by Congress to determine if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Khashoggi, who was strangled and dismembered after entering the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Special UN rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, said Thursday after a visit to Turkey that the killing of Khashoggi, who had written critical pieces on Saudi Arabia in The Washington Post, had been “planned and perpetrated” by Saudi officials.



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