Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Murdered

Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO
Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSAMOFA) has admitted that the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been killed.

In a Twitter statement released Saturday, the Ministry said, “The investigation showed the death of Jamal Khashoggi during a fight in the Consulate.”

It added that the investigations are still ongoing with 18 detainees of Saudi nationality. Jamal Khashoggi had been missing since entering the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018.

Earlier, UN experts had expressed their grave concern about the disappearance of Saudi journalist and government critic, Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, and called for a prompt independent and international investigation into the case.

In a statement released on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that he is “deeply troubled” by the reported confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday had urged the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to reveal everything they know about the disappearance and possible extra-judicial killing of the prominent Saudi journalist after he visited his country’s consulate in Istanbul.

The High Commissioner noted that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are both party to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

As such, they are obliged to take all measures to prevent torture, enforced disappearances and other serious human rights violations, to investigate allegations of acts constituting these crimes, and to bring to justice those suspected of committing them.

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