Saudi Human Rights Commission: Suspects In Khashoggi's Death Brought To Justice

Head of Saudi Human Rights Commission Bandar Al-Aiban. Asharq Al-Awsat

Head of Saudi Human Rights Commission Bandar Al-Aiban. Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia on Thursday reiterated its rejection of calls for an global, independent investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting it was well equipped to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"We have taken those measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime", Aiban said, after calling the reporter's death an "unfortunate accident".

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

Dr.al-Aiban also said that the Kingdom rejects calls to "internationalize" the investigation into Khashoggi killing as amounting to interference in domestic affairs.

The Justice Ministry said it had requested red notices for 18 people on November 15 and for two more on December 21.

Al-Aiban spoke as the 47-member Human Rights Council conducted Thursday a regular review of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, a periodic process faced by all United Nations member states.

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

The Saudi public prosecutor's spokesman said late a year ago that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, with authorities seeking the death penalty for five.

"We find it hard to understand why an official working in the area of human rights would possibly be unsettled by efforts to shed light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder, which received a global response", Altun said in a statement.

On Thursday, critics of the government's handling of the investigation, including Yahya Assiri, a Saudi human rights activist, noted the omission of any mention of the kingdom's powerful crown prince. Although Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty over the incident, he assured that those found guilty were not being tortured.

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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