UN-led inquiry: Khashoggi 'victim of brutal killing, perpetrated by Saudi officials

MIT President L. Rafael Reif listen to a panel discussion at the school in 2017

Callamard said Turkey's efforts to carry out a proper investigation had "been seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia".

Trump has resisted efforts in the US Congress to rebuke the Saudis, pointing to weapons sales as an important source of US jobs.

The 228-page book, written by two Turkish journalists, is based on interviews with Cengiz.

When al-Qahtani, who US intelligence says was the ringleader of the murder, warned the prince that targeting Khashoggi could create an global uproar, he was told Saudi Arabia should not care about worldwide reaction to how it deals with its own citizens.

The intelligence reports offer some of the most direct evidence of the role the crown prince may have played in Khashoggi's slaying, which sparked weeks of global outrage and protest.

Cengiz said she is hopeful that his killers will be punished and has appealed to legislators in the European Union and the United States Congress to closely follow the case.

Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on executions, sought access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. I am hopeful. There is still hope. Democrats now control the U.S. House of Representatives. The state of Saudi vehemently denies any involvement of the Crown Prince in the murder, instead blaming "rogue elements" who had acted of their own accord.

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Erdogan has said Khashoggi's killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership.

Members of Congress, including many of Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have clamored for a strong response to Khashoggi's murder as well as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia has previously denied Turkey's extradition request for the 11 suspects, five of whom are facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi regime "seriously curtailed and undermined" the Turkish investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, according to a United Nations human rights expert looking into the case. "I fully realize we have to deal with bad actors and imperfect situations on the worldwide stage".

The fact Khashoggi's body still has not been found is causing "even greater suffering" to his loved ones, the report adds.

Turkey meanwhile has identified 15 men it believes to be Saudi agents arriving at and departing from Istanbul's global airport around the time of the killing.

Suggesting that Congress was holding Saudi Arabia to a higher standard than other countries, Jubeir said, "You've had so many journalists murdered in the past year, are they going to legislate sanctions against all countries in which journalists have been killed?"

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