Saudi official says kingdom pursuing justice in Jamal Khashoggi murder

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

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council, Dr.al-Aiban said "we are horrified at Khashoggi killing" and that it was a "heinous crime" and an "unfortunate accident".

The notice was issued on March 1 as part of Turkey's request over the investigation launched into the murder by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

Saudi Arabia must name the defendants on trial for murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi and disclose all the charges against them, Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said in a statement Thursday.

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. While he provided no names or details about the men who have been charged, he assured the 47-member council that Saudi Arabia is adhering to its own constitutional principles as well as worldwide law.

The Saudi public prosecutor's spokesman said late past year that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, with authorities seeking the death penalty for five.

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

Aiban also rejected any outside probes into what happened to Khashoggi.

"We would like to assume that Mr al-Aiban's remarks reflected his personal views rather than the official position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - our friend and kin".

Regarding Yemen's crisis, he said the Arab Coalition is committed to global human rights law.

The UN has repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an UN-led investigation into Khashoggi's murder, but the kingdom has refused, calling it an internal matter.

On Thursday, critics of the government's handling of the investigation, including Yahya Assiri, a Saudi human rights activist, noted the omission of any mention of the kingdom's powerful crown prince.

"Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country".

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