'Urgent' need for international probe on Khashoggi killing - Fiancee

'Urgent' need for international probe on Khashoggi killing - Fiancee

Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said there is an "urgent need" for an global investigation. The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has taken her campaign for justice over his grisly slaying to the U.N.'s top human rights body and urging the United Nations to take "the next step" following a blistering report from an independent investigator.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and United States resident, was killed last October by Saudi agents while at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork ahead of his wedding to Hatice Cengiz.

She spoke Tuesday at a 90-minute "side event" at the United Nations -backed Human Rights Council organized by Canada.

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed regret over Saudi Arabia's dismissal of a report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Anadolu reported yesterday.

Callamard called on U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to launch a probe into Khashoggi's murder, saying at the council event "the world can not afford to turn a blind eye".

Riyadh offered various, conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before acknowledging he was murdered in the diplomatic building while seeking to shift blame for his death on a botched rendition operation being carried out by rogue agents.

Speaking through a translator, Ms. Cengiz said the report needed to be acted upon and noted the Crown Prince may one day be Saudi Arabia's head of state.

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The report said there was evidence of the crime scene being "thoroughly, even forensically, cleaned" by the Saudis, in what "may amount to obstructing justice".

Hatice Cengiz spoke at a Human Rights Council event in Geneva about her grief from Khashoggi's October death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

She said that she had yet to recover from the experience, pointing out that Khashoggi's body, which is known to have been dismembered, has not been found.

Asked what she hoped the G-20 leaders would do at the summit on Friday and Saturday, she said: "Pressure can be put on Saudi Arabia".

Cengiz told AFP it was obvious that the country her fiance had called home had a duty to help ensure accountability for his murder. "Otherwise we will all be living in a world where (only) money talks". "We are talking about a massacre, we are talking about an assassination and premeditated murder" with global implications, she said.

The report was prepared by Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings and released last Wednesday following a six-month investigation.

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