Jamal Khashoggi

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings in the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Investigation into the unlawful death of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi, published on 19 June, that (1) Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated extrajudicial execution, for which the State of Saudi Arabia is responsible, (2) there is "credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including that of the Crown Prince's", (3) the Human Rights Council, the Security Council or the UN Secretary-General should conduct an international follow-up criminal investigation for the purpose of determining individual liability and identifying options towards judicial accountability, and (4) there have been few effective international responses, whether legal, political or diplomatic, to date.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The United Kingdom condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last October. We made this clear in our statement at the UN Human Rights Council on 26 June. We remain clear that anyone found responsible – following a credible judicial process – must be held to account. We urge all parties to share relevant information. We are concerned by reported restrictions regarding the investigative process. We advise Saudi Arabia to do all it can to ensure transparency of the judicial process.

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