UN confirms report on Saudi threat against Khashoggi investigator
The UN human rights office has confirmed published remarks by the independent expert who led an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi alleging that a senior Saudi official had made a threat against her.
UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville confirmed the accuracy of details published in the Guardian newspaper regarding threats to Agnes Callamard, the UN expert on summary killings, in an email reply on Wednesday to Reuters.
The Guardian on Tuesday had quoted Callamard as saying a Saudi official had threatened she would be “taken care of” if she was not reined in following her investigation into the journalist’s murder.
Colville added that the UN human rights office had informed Callamard about the threat in addition to briefing UN security and authorities.
Callamard told the Guardian the threat was conveyed in a January 2020 meeting between Saudi and UN officials in Geneva and that she was told of the incident by a UN colleague.
Callamard led a UN investigation into the October 2018 killing of Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.
Saudi officials did not respond to a request for comment. Callamard did not respond when contacted by the Reuters news agency.
‘A death threat’
She issued a report in 2019 concluding there was “credible evidence” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and senior Saudi officials were responsible for killing the Washington Post newspaper columnist and US resident.
She subsequently called for sanctions against the prince’s assets and a limit to his international engagement.
The prince denies any involvement in the killing but has said he bears ultimate responsibility because it happened under his watch.
The alleged threat was made during a meeting between Geneva-based Saudi diplomats, a visiting Saudi delegation and UN officials, the Guardian reported…..read more
Source: Al Jazeera