Saudi Arabia should release defenders, undertake meaningful rights reform

Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice

‘Unfortunate accident’: Saudis assure UN there’s no need for probe into Khashoggi killing

The accused in the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October previous year have so far attended three court hearings along with their lawyers, Al-Aiban told the Council. He gave no names or other details, however, as the suspects' identities have not yet been made public.

Will Saudi Arabia comply with worldwide human rights law and its membership obligations by immediately releasing all human rights activists jailed for advocating peaceful reform, removing government-enforced travel restrictions for women, declaring a moratorium on the death penalty, starting with those convicted of non-violent drug offenses, and fully cooperating with the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on her inquiry into the Khashoggi murder, and with the Yemen Group of Eminent Experts?

Despite claims Qahtani was sacked by the Saudi leadership in the aftermath of Khashoggi's murder, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have reported that Qahtani continues to advise the crown prince.

Bandar Al-Aiban says that any calls to "internationalise" the investigation "amount to an interference in our domestic affairs".

"We would like to assume that Mr al-Aiban's remarks reflected his personal views rather than the official position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - our friend and kin".

Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice
Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Khashoggi murder - The Jakarta Post

The red notices were issued on 1 March at the request of the Istanbul Prosecutor's Office, the Turkish media specified. He was killed inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

It also criticized Aiban's rejection of any foreign investigation.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 17 individuals in November, but these did not include several high-ranking Saudi officials implicated in the murder, including the Crown Prince.

The killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

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