Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Saudi Rights Official Dismisses Khashoggi Inquiry as Foreign Interference

Saudi Rights Official Dismisses Khashoggi Inquiry as Foreign Interference

While he provided no names or details about the men who have been charged, he assured the 47-member council that Saudi Arabia is adhering to its own constitutional principles as well as worldwide law.

The head of the state-backed Saudi human rights commission dismissed an worldwide investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Three dozen Western countries, including all 28 European Union members, called on Saudi Arabia last week to cooperate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist.

Some Western governments have accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being implicated in the murder.

Aiban, speaking before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, insisted that his country was taking all the "measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime".

"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", the communications director said.

The kingdom, he said, will not accept calls to "internationalize" the legal proceedings, which would be perceived as foreign interference with domestic affairs.

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Turkey requested a red notice for 18 suspects November 15 and another two December 21, the ministry said on Twitter.

Interpol issued the notices on March 1, the ministry said on Twitter, without giving further details on the suspects.

But that explanation has been roundly rejected outside of the kingdom, as pressure mounts for Mohammad bin Salman, whom many believe had to have signed off on Khashoggi's killing, to be held to account.

Saudi Arabia initially said it had no knowledge of his fate.

Regarding Yemen's crisis, he said the Arab Coalition is committed to global human rights law.

Previously, Saudi officials have said 11 people have been indicted in relation to the Khashoggi murder and that five suspects will face the death penalty.

Eleven men are on trial in Saudi Arabia, accused of involvement in the killing.

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