(16 Oct 2018) The spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Saudi diplomatic immunity of “relevant premises and officials” should be waived “immediately” in the case of the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Ruper Colville told reporters in Geneva that Commissioner Michelle Bachelet is urging Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything they know about the disappearance and possible extrajudicial killing” of Khashoggi.
Turkish forensic investigators overnight searched the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi disappeared Oct. 2.
“Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him from that point onwards,” Colville quoted Bachelet as saying.
Khashoggi vanished on a visit to the consulate two weeks ago. Turkish officials fear he was killed and dismembered. Saudi Arabia has called those allegations “baseless,” but has been unable to explain what happened to him.
Reports overnight by US media suggest Saudi Arabia soon may concede Khashoggi was killed at the consulate in an interrogation.
The kingdom has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press.
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