The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Thursday 4 July 2019

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has led to calls for Saudi Arabia to be held to account by the international community.

A damning UN report has concluded that Khashoggi's killing, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, was an international crime perpetrated by the Saudi state.

The UN's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has urged further investigation, after finding credible evidence that Saudi’s powerful Prince Mohammed bin Salman and senior officials were responsible for the killing and other violations of international law. Saudi Arabia insists it was a rogue operation.

Speaking exclusively to IBA Global Insight's Middle East Correspondent, Emad Mekay, are:

  • Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur, who headed the UN investigation; and
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy, a member of the UN investigation team and Director of the IBA's Human Rights Institute.

They discuss the investigation’s findings, wider criminal accountability for the murder and cover-up operation, the role of international standards, and how the case is part of a growing trend that challenges the rule of law.