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Saudi Arabia 'curtailed' Jamal Khashoggi murder probe - UN expert

February 8, 2019 5:18 am

Saudi Arabia “seriously curtailed and undermined” Turkey’s ability to investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert has said.

A preliminary report into the investigation says Turkey was not allowed into the consul where the journalist was killed for 13 days.

Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

The 59-year-old was a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US officials have reportedly said such an operation would have needed the prince’s approval.

But Saudi officials insist he was murdered by a “rogue” team of Saudi agents not acting on Prince Mohammed’s orders.

The country has put 11 people on trial for the murder and is seeking the death penalty for five of them.

Saudi Arabia has refused to extradite its citizens to Turkey after the country issued arrest warrants for several Saudi officials.

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