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UN: Killing of Jamal Khashoggi a ‘horrendous crime’ – UN spokesperson

0 19.06.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General: "The Secretary-General will give full consideration to the recommendations regarding the protection of journalists, which is an issue as you know he has been very vocal about. As for the actual killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Secretary-General believes that this was a horrendous crime that shocked people around the world. Since the first reports surfaced, He has clearly condemned it and called for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation, and accountability for those responsible, with full respect to due process. This remains his position."
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SOT, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General: "The Secretary-General, as we have been saying, does not have the power or the authority to launch criminal investigations without a mandate from a competent intergovernmental body. The power and authority to do that lies with Member States. If a full and effective criminal investigation is not conducted by Member States, the only way to effectively pursue an investigation requiring the cooperation of relevant Member States, would be through a resolution of the Security Council under the appropriate Charter provisions. And all Member States should cooperate with those efforts."
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SOT, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General: "The report was conducted by a Special Rapporteur, who as you know and we've said often - are independent from the Secretary-General. They are appointed by the Human Rights Council. It's not for the Secretary-General to agree or not agree with what the Special Rapporteur reports. There are a couple of recommendations aimed at the Secretary-General, as there are recommendations to the Security Council, to individual Member States. And I think it is everyone's responsibility to study those recommendations."
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SCRIPT
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a "horrendous crime" according to a UN spokesperson, speaking at the UN headquarters in New York City on Wednesday.
"The Secretary-General will give full consideration to the recommendations regarding the protection of journalists," said Secretary-General Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. "As for the actual killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Secretary-General believes that this was a horrendous crime that shocked people around the world."
Dujarric went on to explain the secretary-general could not launch a criminal investigation on his own, saying, "If a full and effective criminal investigation is not conducted by Member States, the only way to effectively pursue an investigation requiring the cooperation of relevant Member States, would be through a resolution of the Security Council."
Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was allegedly assassinated and dismembered in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October 2018.
Mandatory Credit: UNTV