Saudi Khashoggi killing trial 'not sufficient'

Saudi Khashoggi killing trial 'not sufficient'

Saudi Khashoggi killing trial 'not sufficient'

The UN Human Rights Office said on Friday it could not assess the fairness of a trial taking place in Saudi Arabia related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but that, in any case, it was "not sufficient".

The 59-year-old Saudi insider-turned-critic was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a team of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul for the killing, according to Turkish officials.

All 11 accused were present with their lawyers at the first session of the trial, it said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, without revealing their names or their alleged roles in the crime.

She also reiterated the United Nations rights office's constant opposition to the death penalty. The Senate also passed a resolution meant to hold Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the killing of Khashoggi, NPR's Bill Chappell reports.

"Despite audio recordings alleging at least one perpetrator said 'tell your boss" that the mission had been completed - presumably in reference to the Saudi crown prince - the Riyadh government has staunchly maintained neither he nor King Salman had any knowledge or involvement in the death.

Since Khashoggi was reported missing on 2 October, the Saudi authorities have changed their official version of events several times, originally claiming he left the consulate unharmed.

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"From the very beginning of this case, we've been pressing for justice.We've been calling for an independent investigation with global involvement", Shamdasani said. The public prosecutor has requested the death penalty for five of the accused, who were not identified in accordance with Saudi law.

"The Public Prosecutor demanded imposing proper punishments against the defendants and is seeking capital punishment for five of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder", a statement from prosecutors said, without elaborating.

There was no immediate reaction to Thursday´s trial from Ankara, which has sought the extradition of the suspects in Saudi custody to stand trial in Turkey. It gave no details on the next hearing.

After producing various contradictory explanations, Riyadh acknowledged that he was killed inside the consulate building, blaming the act on a botched rendition operation.

Assaf replaced Adel al-Jubeir.Experts in Saudi politics said the move reflected a perception that Jubeir was tainted by having served as Riyadh's chief global defender during the Khashoggi affair.

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