Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

UN rapporteur accuses Saudi investigation on Khashoggi murder

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New York, Jun 27 : The United Nations special rapporteur, Agnes Callamard has criticised the Saudi Arabian investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents.

"Ignoring the targeted killing will put the protection of free speech at risk", Al Jazeera quotes Callamard as saying. Callamard, who presented her report into the killing on Wednesday, said the investigation failed to examine who may have ordered the killing, adding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, and other senior officials should be investigated over the murder.

"The time to act is now," she said, reiterating her appeal for an international criminal investigation. "The investigation carried out by the Saudi authorities has failed to address the chain of command," she told the UN Human Rights Council.Secretary-General Guterres gave a chilly response to Callamard's appeal.

"The only way to effectively pursue such an investigation is through a Security Council's resolution under the appropriate measures," said Guterres's spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday, adding that the secretary-general was "not hiding behind any protocol". UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she wants to see accountability for the killing.

"We do want to see accountability for this horrific murder... We expect Saudi Arabia to take the action necessary to ensure such violations of international and national laws can't happen again," May said in parliament."We're obviously closely following the continuing investigation," she added. "We expect it to proceed in line with internationally recognised legal standards."

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancée, has called for an international investigation into the killing. Callamard is an independent expert who does not speak for the UN, but reports her findings to it. UNI