In the first independent investigation carried out into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the UN says that they have found “sufficient credible evidence” the Saudi Arabia’s crown prince bears responsibility for the murder of journalist.
UN investigator Agnes Callamard said that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the “deliberate, premeditated execution” of Khashoggi and current punishment on some senior officials do not go far enough.
The report says that, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his personal assets abroad should be hit by “targeted sanctions, until and unless evidence is provided and corroborated that he carries no responsibilities for this execution.” According to the report, which cites evidence from Turkish and other intelligence agencies — after entering the consulate, Khashoggi was injected with a sedative and then his head put inside a plastic bag and suffocated. They cite audio-recordings as their evidence of the events.
Many suspected the Saudi’s involvement from the get go. A prominent writer and Saudi critic, Khashoggi died after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. While Saudi Arabia had initially denied any knowledge of the incident, they later claimed that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to Saudi crown prince’s inner circle, were responsible for the journalist’s death.
While the report itself doesn’t outright say that the Prince is responsible, it does say that there needs to be more investigation into Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to fully understand his role. Either way, it seems like a scary time to be journalist.