UN investigator urges Khashoggi murder trial be made public
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UN investigator urges Khashoggi murder trial be made public

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on Thursday called for the investigation and prosecution for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to be made public nearly a month after she announced that there was evidence the murder was planned by Saudi Arabian officials.

A Saudi public prosecutor indicted 110out of the 21 suspects and sought the death penalty for five in secret hearings that, according to Callamard, fail to meet international standards.

Not only have the trial proceedings been conducted in private but the  identity of the defendants and the nature of the charges brought against them have not been revealed.

Callamard stated:

While I have information as to the identity of those being tried, including of those facing the death penalty, as yet, I do not consider it appropriate to release information whose disclosure falls directly under the responsibility of Saudi Arabia. I am aware that under Saudi law, the names of those indicted are rarely made public. However, as I have highlighted, this trial is not only a domestic matter. Domestic provisions regarding the identity of those indicted should be deemed inapplicable.  Moreover, the Government of Saudi Arabia has previously ignored those privacy provisions when to do so has served its purposes.

The Special Rapporteur renewed her request to visit Saudi Arabia to continue her investigation into Khashoggi’s murder.