No need for worldwide investigators into Khashoggi murder, says Saudi Arabia

Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice

Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice

Allegations of torture against the detainees was denied again by the Saudis, with Mr al Aiban saying "legislation in our country criminalised torture in all forms and aspects" and that if anyone was found to have been tortured then Saudi Arabia "provides them with all means of redress".

Al-Aiban told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that the Kingdom has taken all necessary measures in the case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Some Western governments have accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being implicated in the murder.

But the responses provided by Saudi Arabia in some cases fail to match the reality on the ground, and in others reflect an unwillingness to bring national laws and practices into conformity with worldwide law.

The Saudi public prosecutor's spokesman said late previous year that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, with authorities seeking the death penalty for five. The suspects, dubbed as the execution team who returned to Saudi Arabia after killing Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, will now be sought for arrest throughout the world.




Al-Aiban described the murder as an "unfortunate accident".

He told the council that most of the recommendations Riyadh had received regarding how to pursue the Khashoggi case during the so-called Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were already guaranteed by its constitution.

This week, more than 30 countries, including all 28 European Union member states, censured the Saudi government at the UN Human Rights Council for its human rights record.

On Thursday, Aiban said the suspects had faced three hearings so far in Saudi Arabia with their lawyers present.

Although a country rich with exceptional natural, cultural, and heritage sites, Saudi Arabia is only now developing its tourism sector beyond its current structure, which has been created to cater all-year-round to religious pilgrims. "Such demands made upon us are tantamount to the global community doubting the integrity of our judicial apparatus and doubting the independence of our judiciary", he said.

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