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Interview: UN investigator details evidence in Khashoggi murder, calls for probe into Saudi ruler

In a 100-page report published last week on her investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnès Callamard, concluded that “Mr Khashoggi has been the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law”, and recommended that Saudi Arabia’s ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, should be investigated for his responsibility in the crime. In this interview with Mediapart, she details her investigation and its findings, and and calls on states to take a "serious" stand on press freedom.

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It was on October 2nd 2018 when Jamal Khashoggi, 59, a US-based Saudi dissident journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, entered the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Turkish city of Istanbul. He had gone there to collect papers needed for his planned marriage to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. He would never again be seen alive.

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