UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani criticised the ongoing Saudi Arabian trial into the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it was «not sufficient,» during a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Friday.
«We have been calling for an investigation, an independent investigation, with international involvement, and this has not... Еще happened yet,» commented Shamdasani. She also reiterated the blanket opposition of her office to capital punishment.
The spokesperson also emphasised that the UN rights office was not able to judge the fairness of the proceedings, stating that as «we are not present in Saudi Arabia to be able to assess these trials, so we can't give an assessment of the trials ourselves.»
The trial of the 11 suspects charged with Khashoggi's murder began in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Thursday, with prosecutors reportedly seeking the death penalty for five of the accused.
Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, to prepare documents for his upcoming marriage, but he was never seen alive again and his remains have yet to be found.
Turkish officials claimed he was murdered inside the building while Saudi officials previously maintained that Khashoggi had left the consulate. They later reversed their position after an internal investigation, and now claim Khashoggi was murdered in the course of a rogue operation, without the consent or knowledge of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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