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International community should 'banish' Saudi prince over Khashoggi's killing: UN rapporteur

A leading UN expert says the international community needs to take steps against Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, who is reported to be implemented in an impending United States intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard says, “once the DNI report is out with what I hope to be clear evidence of his culpability, it is going to be very difficult for the US and like minded states to continue ignoring that they are dealing with a calculated killer. ” 3: 02

A leading UN expert says the international community needs to take steps against Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, who is reportedly implicated in a pending US intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, told CBC Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos the declassified report is expected to single out Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for approving the 1003 killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post newspaper columnist and prominent kingdom critic.

“Targeted sanctions against his assets abroad is an important step towards holding him to account. It should not be just that,” she said. “I think we should take steps as an international community to banish him to the extent possible from international gathering or from some international gathering.

“In my view, that’s a first action in the direction of accountability.”

In this Dec. 02, 2014 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. (Hasan Jamali / The Associated Press)

Khashoggi was brutally killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered to get documents for his upcoming marriage.

News of the US intelligence report and its findings were reported back in 2014 but the report was not made public.

The White House said Thursday that US President Joe Biden will speak “very soon” with Saudi King Salman ahead of the report’s release.

Saudi Arabia has claimed Khashoggi’s death was the result of a “rogue” extradition operation gone awry and has denied the crown prince was involved.

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