Is an extrajudicial killing of a murder

UN rapporteur investigates murder in Turkey

The UN reporter Agnes Callamard met the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevl├╝t Cavusoglu in Ankara at the beginning of her investigation, as the Ministry of the German Press Agency confirmed.

Callamard has asked for access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where the anti-government journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered almost four months ago. You have also requested a meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Turkey.

International pressure

A Saudi killing squad murdered Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October. The Washington Post columnist, who lived in exile in the US, wanted to pick up documents there for his wedding to a Turkish woman. The government in Riyadh only admitted death after massive international pressure.

Saudi Arabia admitted in late October that Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

According to the UN Human Rights Office, Callamard wants to collect information on the circumstances of the murder of Khashoggi in Turkey by February 3. The UN rapporteur has also asked for permission to go on an investigation into Saudi Arabia.

A series of clues brought the Saudi heir to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman, close to the fact. According to media reports, the US secret service CIA also assumes that the Crown Prince was the mastermind behind the killing. The Saudi government vehemently denies this.

No US sanctions

US President Donald Trump has so far shied away from sanctions against the Saudi leadership because of economic considerations. Eleven suspects have been on trial in the murder case in Riyadh since January.

Callamard is the special rapporteur on extrajudicial and arbitrary executions. She acts independently and initiated the investigation herself.

ni / uh (afp / dpa)