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United nation response to Saudi Arabia decision on murder of Jamal Khashoggi!

The United Nations (UN) stated at the Criminal Court in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, that the case regarding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was not transparent and the sentences given were not proportional to the magnitude of the crime committed.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Spokesperson Rupert Colville, at a press conference held at the UN Geneva Office, stated that the Criminal Court in Riyadh sent 20 of the defendants on trial for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi for 5, 10 for one, and 7 for 2 persons. He answered the AA reporter’s question about giving him a year of imprisonment.

Stating that Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial and Arbitrary Executions, was an expert in the trial, Colville reminded that he presented the long report he prepared as a result of the investigation to OHCHR.


Reiterating the UN’s opposition to the death penalty, Colville said, “So we won’t oppose (the Saudi court’s) yesterday’s statement in this respect. However, this (murder) was a very violent and terrifying crime, it was a terrible crime.” used the expressions.

Underlining that the case in Saudi Arabia is far from transparent and that the penalties given are not proportional to the size of the crime committed, Colville emphasized that the defendants on trial should receive a much longer prison sentence.

Colville pointed out that the biggest problem in the Khashoggi murder case was “transparency” and “accountability”, adding that Callamard made a more detailed statement yesterday and that OHCHR will follow the matter.


According to the Saudi Arabian official agency SPA, yesterday the Attorney General’s Office announced that the final verdict was announced on the 8 defendants in the Khashoggi murder case.

Accordingly, the Riyadh Criminal Court sentenced 5 of the defendants to 20 years, one to 10, and the other 2 to 7 years.

In the statement, it was stated that the personal case file was closed with the aforementioned provision when the relatives of the deceased waived their personal rights to litigation.


Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Spokesperson Şelan co-Şelan announced on 23 December 2019 that the Kaşıkçı case was completed.

Şelan stated that out of 11 defendants tried in the case, 5 people were sentenced and 3 people accused of covering up the murder were sentenced to a total of 24 years imprisonment, and stated that the decision in question was open to appeal and that the clear statement regarding the sentence received by the defendants would be made after the final decision.

Stating that high-level figures close to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were released, Şelan noted that no charges were brought against Royal Adviser Saud al-Qahtani, former Deputy Chief of Intelligence Ahmed Asiri, and Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammed al-Utaybi in Istanbul.

Salah Kaşıkçı, the son of journalist Cemal Kaşıkçı, who was brutally murdered, stated on May 22, on behalf of his family with whom he lived in Saudi Arabia, that they donated the murderers of their father, Cemal Kaşıkçı.


Saudi journalist Cemal Kaşıkçı, who went to Saudi Arabia’s Consulate General in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, for marriage procedures, was never heard from again.

In the course of the murder, information about when, where, and how Kaşıkçı was killed came to light, but the location of his body was never clear.

The American Washington Post wrote that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reached the conclusion that the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman gave the order for the Khashoggi murder.

As a result of the indictment issued against 20 defendants within the scope of the investigation into the murder of journalist Cemal Kaşıkçı by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, the public case continues.


In the 101-page report released by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Saudi Arabia was held responsible for the deliberate and willful killing of Khashoggi.

“Saudi Arabia should apologize to the Turkish government for abusing diplomatic privileges and violating the ban on the use of force outside of its territory,” the report pointed out that there is reliable evidence for the investigation of senior officials, including the country’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. statements were used.

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