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UN legal expert to present Khashoggi report before June

A UN judicial expert tasked with investigating the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Tuesday that she would present her report by the end of May.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, carried out an inspection outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Speaking to journalists outside the mission, Callamard said that report would be made public in time for the June session of the UN human rights council.

“The report will be made public a few weeks before I present it to the human rights council in Geneva, so end of May possibly,” she said.

Callamard, an independent expert appointed by the United Nations, on Monday met Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul in Ankara before travelling to Istanbul.

She was due to meet later on Tuesday with Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan.

Riyadh, after denying the killing for two weeks, finally described it as a “rogue” operation and arrested a number of senior Saudi officials.

But the murder tipped the kingdom into one of its worst diplomatic crises. Nearly four months on, Khashoggi’s body has still not been recovered.

Callamard said that team contacted Saudi authorities for access for an inspection inside the consulate.

Callamard and her team did not enter the consulate on Tuesday.

“We are respectfully calling on the authorities to give us access at some stage while we are here.” Turkish officials accuse Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of having orchestrated the killing, which Riyadh denies.

The trial opened in Saudi Arabia this month of 11 men accused of involvement in Khashoggi’s murder with the attorney-general seeking the death penalty for five of the defendants.

Ankara accused Riyadh of failure to cooperate in the investigation and called for an international probe.

 

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