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Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi: UN official calls for punishment of Mohammed bin Salman and Arab governments supporting Riyadh

Jamal Khashoggi

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Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

A senior UN human rights official has sharply criticized Washington’s decision not to impose sanctions on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, said that the failure to punish bin Salman was very dangerous. She compared him to someone who was convicted in court, but was then allowed to be released.

Callamard’s comment came after the administration of US President Joe Biden published a report concluding that bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi’s assassination.

The report, which was declassified and published by the Biden administration on Friday, states that the prince approved the plan to either arrest or kill the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in the United States. This is the first time that America has publicly appointed a Saudi heir to the throne.

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