The United Nations investigation into the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been rejected by Saudi authorities.
According to its minister of state for foreign affairs, Saudi does not need a UN or international investigation into the murder of Khashoggi.
Speaking during a US TV programme Face the Nation on Sunday, Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi has a “competent legal system” can handle the matter.
He also stated that the October 2 slaying of the journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey was “a massive tragedy” and denied it was sanctioned by Saudi leadership.
The statement by the Saudi minister is coming days after United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard said Khashoggi’s murder was carried out by Saudi officials.
According to Callamard, her three member team had access to part of “chilling and gruesome audio material” of the murder obtained by Turkish intelligence agencies.
A UN statement also revealed that Saudi also “seriously undermined” Turkey’s efforts to investigate Khashoggi’s killing at its Istanbul consulate.