On Tuesday, the United Nation human rights expert who executed an independent investigation into the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged the US to act on her damning findings.
Agnes Callamard has already criticized the United States over its inaction. Mr. Callamard is a UN special rapporteur who described Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October as “an extrajudicial execution”.
Callamard in a London conference, hosted by human rights groups on the killing of the Saudi-born US resident, said, “(It) has the jurisdiction or at least the interest to take action.”
“Silence is not an option. Speaking up is required but not enough. We have to act,” Callamard added. According to her, Washington could act “either through an FBI investigation (or) a civil law investigation… (or) the declassification of CIA and other materials”.
“All of those things I believe can be done and should be done.”
Last year in October, Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident, author, columnist for the Washington Post, was killed by Saudi agents while he went to Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork. However, his dismembered body was not found.
During her investigation, Callamard in January and last month released a 101-page report in which she found “credible evidence” linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder and an attempted cover-up.
She claimed that she had no cooperation from Riyadh as well as the United States. “The US was not at the top of the cooperation chain,” Callamard said.
“They did the minimum to keep them within the remit of what is expected from a Western government.” She urged Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal investigation into the case.