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Switzerland: UN Rapporteur reports on 'planned, endorsed' Khashoggi killing

0 26.06.2019 Инфо

W/S Conference, Geneva
SOT, Agnes Callamard, OHCHR Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings: "I requested authorisation to visit Saudi Arabia and meet with people there, but to date I have received no response. The evidence gathered by the inquiry suggests that the killing of Mr. Khashoggi constituted an extrajudicial execution, an enforced disappearance, and possibly an act of torture for which the state of the kingdom of Saudia Arabia is responsible. There are numerous theories as to the circumstances of Mr. Kashoggi's death, but none leads other than to the responsibility of the State."
W/S Podium *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Agnes Callamard, OHCHR Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings: "It was overseen, planned and endorsed by high-level officials and it was premeditated."
M/S Saudi Arabian delegation with Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Agnes Callamard, OHCHR Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings: "The murder occurred extraterritorially, took place in a consulate in Turkey, motivated by a desire to silence a journalist in self-imposed exile in the United States."
M/S Delegate putting on headphone *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Agnes Callamard, OHCHR Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings: "The inquiry was a human rights inquiry, not a criminal investigation. It has nevertheless found credible evidence warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials, individual liability, including that of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and of his key advisor Saoud al Qahtani."
M/S Delegate from Russian Federation *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Agnes Callamard, OHCHR Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings: "Establishment of a UN criminal investigation is thus essential in order for those central questions to be addressed as well as in order to identify mechanisms for the delivery of justice."
W/S Delegates listening *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Agnes Callamard, OHCHR Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings (French): "I also think the UN could reinforce its role regarding the targeted assassination of journalists, defenders or dissidents. So that we do not find ourselves in a situation of paralysis, which preceded, accompanied the murder of Mr. Khashoggi."
M/S Delegates listening *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Abdulaziz Alwasil, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva (Arabic): "Madame Callamard has breached procedures, that need to be adopted, given to the Special Rapporteurs. This is something which has skewed the procedures ushered in as part of the procedures and trials in Saudi Arabia. We don't believe that she has respected her mandate in full integrity, and therefore has not been able to do her work professionally."
M/S Delegates listening *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Abdulaziz Alwasil, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva (Arabic): "Mr President, this is something that is set against Saudi Arabia, it is based on prejudice and prefabricated ideas. This is why we reject any attempt to remove this from our national justice system in Saudi Arabia, irrespective of the form that that may take. Many thanks."
M/S Delegate from Bahrain listening
M/S Delegate from Rwanda
W/S Cameraman filming delegates in Room XX
W/S United Nations, Geneva
SCRIPT
The UN's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard presented her 101-page report on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
According to Callamard, the involvement and responsibility of Saudi Arabia in the killing is unequivocal, as suggested by evidence gathered in her inquiry.
"It was overseen, planned and enforced by high-level officials and it was premeditated," said the UN rapporteur.
She also suggested that a UN-led criminal investigation is essential.
The report was blasted by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Abdulaziz Alwasil, who accused Callamard of 'breaching procedures'. He added that the report is based on "prejudice and prefabricated ideas."
"This is why we reject any attempt to remove this from our national justice system in Saudi Arabia, irrespective of the form that that may take," he concluded.
Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was allegedly assassinated and dismembered in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October 2018.
Credit: UN TV