EYEAFRICA TV:[WASHINGTON] World powers should reconsider holding the next Group of 20 summits in Saudi Arabia without accountability over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert who probed his death said Tuesday.
Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in a report last month found “credible evidence” that linked Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing of Khashoggi, a dissident writer who published in The Washington Post.
On a visit to Washington, Ms Callamard who presented her report to the United Nations but does not speak for it – said that the next Group of 20 summits, scheduled for November 2020 in Riyadh, offered a chance to pressure Saudi Arabia.
“Political accountability for Mr Khashoggi will mean that it doesn’t happen or it’s moved elsewhere, or something is being done to ensure that the political system in the US and in other countries does not become complicit of that international crime,” Ms Callamard said at the Brookings Institution.
Ms Callamard said it was crucial to recognise that a state carried out the killing of Khashoggi, who was strangled and dismembered shortly after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to handle wedding paperwork.