UN expert calls US failure to sanction MBS for killing of Khashoggi as dangerous

A UN human rights investigator stated that it is dangerous for the US to find the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia having approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and not take any actions against him.

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On 1 March, Agnes Callamard, the special rapporteur on summary executions who led a U.N. investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, called for sanction of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, targetting his assets and international engagements. In a Geneva news conference, Callamard told reporters that material evidence declassified in the report released by the US appeared to be in small quantity which she described as disappointing.

Callamard declared that it is problematic, if not dangerous, that the US acknowledges someone’s culpability and does not act on it and ignores the crimes that the specific person has committed. 


US President Joe Biden announced on Friday that the White House would be making a statement on Monday with regards to Saudi Arabia, however, a White House official suggested that the statement intended to be made would give details regarding previous steps taken by the government and not add any new steps following the release of the US report finding Crown Prince Bin Salman culpable to the murder. The US imposed sanctions on some of those involved but did not touch the Crown Prince in an effort to preserve the relations with Riyadh.

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