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Democratic values worldwide at risk if Saudi escapes accountability for Khashoggi’s murder, UN rapporteur says

UN expert to lead global inquiry into gruesome murder of Khashoggi

Democratic values worldwide would be at risk should Saudi Arabia escape accountability for the murder of journalist Jamal Khasoggi, so says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard.

The UN special rapporteur and Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who were both at an event in London on Tuesday night, also called on the international community to act upon a report published by Callamard on June 19.

“I would like you to use this report as a means to prevent an attempt to silence us,” Cengiz said at the conference, which took place at Amnesty International’s headquarters. She urged European countries to “take this report more seriously”.

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“Unfortunately since the report, there have been no serious steps against the criminals who have done this, or support from the member states of the [UN] Security Council,” Callamard added.

Her six-month investigation concluded the disappearance of the Saudi journalist was a state killing, carried out by agents of Saudi Arabia using state resources.

Khashoggi who had been a columnist for The Washington Post had on October 2 last year, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would allow him to marry Cengiz, who waited for him outside the diplomatic office.

The pen-pusher was however reportedly killed by Saudi agents inside the building and his remains have stiil not yet been found.

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