Saudi says UN-led Khashoggi inquiry is 'foreign interference'


The head of the Saudi human rights commission said on Thursday that the kingdom was bringing those accused over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to justice and rejected an worldwide investigation into the case.

The head of its Human Right's Commission made a statement at a United Nations human rights conference in Geneva without giving any details.

Turkey on Thursday said Interpol had issued red notices for 20 people in connection with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

As the Saudi delegation left the conference, many members felt that Saudi Arabia had managed to avoid scrutiny for too long.

Mr. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, prompting an worldwide outcry.

"We urge Saudi Arabia to tell the world which individuals are now on trial on what charge (s)", Altun said, to lay to rest any doubts that may arise about the "sincerity" of the judicial proceedings in the kingdom.

Eleven suspects have been indicted in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder and Riyadh has denied the crown prince ordered the killing.

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"None of their human rights have been violated and they have been subjected to no form of torture or cruel" treatment, Aiban clarified.

The CIA concluded late a year ago that bin Salman ordered the journalist's assassination, an accusation that has been echoed by U.S. senators and other observers.

It also criticized's rejection of any foreign investigation.

Al-Aiban said his country "refutes completely" calls for parts of the legal process to be "internationalized", saying such demands cast doubt on the integrity of the Saudi judicial system.

On Thursday, Aiban said the suspects had faced three hearings so far in Saudi Arabia with their lawyers present.

But he said Saudi Arabia could not accept recommendations during the UPR for the country to allow global experts to participate in the investigation and to oversee the process.

Although a country rich with exceptional natural, cultural, and heritage sites, Saudi Arabia is only now developing its tourism sector beyond its current structure, which has been created to cater all-year-round to religious pilgrims.