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UN members urge Riyadh to explain journo murder

Forty UN member-states called on Saudi Arabia to explain the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist inside Saudi consulate.

According to al-Quds al-Arabi, during UN rights review session held in Geneva on Monday, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban the president of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission voiced sorrow at slaying of Khashoggi.

Following his speech, representatives of forty UN member-states issued a statement and urged Saudi Arabia to uncover the full details of the crime.

They also called for reforming freedom of expression law in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Aiban argued the large number of radio and television channels in Saudi Arabia reflects the freedom of expression in his country.

Regarding Khashoggi murder, al-Aiban said, King Abdel-Aziz has already instructed the prosecution to proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws and preparation to reach all facts and bring all the perpetrators to justice in order to bear the facts to the public.

Many believe Khashoggi had important information about Saudi Arabia's anti-Iranian measures and chemical weapons use in Yemen war and had plans to disclose them. That is the reason why he was killed and his body was dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Jamal Khashoggi who was an advisor to Saud bin Abdullah al-Qahtani, former Saudi intelligence chief, fell out of favor after Mohammed bin Salman was appointed crown prince.

He moved to Washington, where he wrote numerous articles criticizing the crown prince and his domestic and foreign policies, especially the war against Yemen.

The Saudi critic journalist entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect paperwork for his forthcoming marriage, but never went back to his Turkish fiancee who was awaiting him in front of the consulate.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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