UN Human Rights Expert Set To Visit Turkey To Investigate Khashoggi Murder

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A human rights expert of the United Nations is scheduled to travel to Turkey next week to head an international investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the slain Saudi journalist.

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings of the United Nations, Agnes Callamard, will launch the probe into the responsibility of various states and individuals for the murder of Khashoggi.

In a statement, Callamard stated: “The inquiry will also seek to identify ways by which states can strengthen fulfilment of their international commitments to protect the right to life, prevent violations and ensure accountability.”

The said announcement comes after Mevlut Cavusoglu, the foreign minister of Turkey, called for an international probe into the killing of Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was a columnist of The Washington Post. He was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate that is located in Istanbul last October. The United Kingdom has stated that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is likely to have ordered the murder.

Eleven suspects have already been charged with the murder. However, the officials of Saudi have claimed that it was the work of rogue agents.

The investigation comes as Saudi Arabia tries to restore its reputation in the international community. The country has sent a strong delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos in an effort to reinvigorate foreign investment.

A host of prominent firms boycotted an investor conference that was held in Saudi Arabia last October as a protest at the disappearance of Khashoggi.

Callamard is set to be accompanied by Baroness Helena Kennedy and Professor Duarte Nuno Vieira from the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She will be reporting her findings to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in June this year.