Oct 21, 2018, 1:26 PM
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World slamming Saudi journo's murder

Tehran, Oct 21, IRNA – Several international bodies and organizations have lashed out at the murder of Saudi journalist and called for identifying and punishing those accountable for the crime.

According to Palestine Today, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday he is “deeply troubled” by the confirmation of the critic journalist Jamal Khashoggi’ murder by Saudi Arabia and called for the punishment of those involved in the crime.

Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, also said in a tweet on Saturday, 'Saudi Arabia's explanation for the arbitrary execution of Jamal Khashoggi is just not plausible,' urging for 'a trustworthy, impartial and transparent investigation.'

In the same vein, the Amnesty International issued a statement on Saturday, saying the Saudi authorities' claims 'that Khashoggi died as a result of a ‘fist-fight’ inside the consulate are not trustworthy', saying only an independent probe will ensure uncovering the mystery behind murdering the Saudi journalist.

Condemning the murder, UNESCO also urged the relevant authorities to 'bring its perpetrators to justice'.

Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders, warned against compromise with Saudi Arabia regarding the crime, saying 'a compromise policy would result in giving a 'license to kill' to a Kingdom that puts in jail, lashes, kidnaps and even kills journalists who dare to investigate and launch debates.'

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement on Saturday, 'We reiterate our call for a thorough investigation, in full collaboration with the Turkish authorities, and a full and rigorous accounting of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Khashoggi's death.'

In a statement released on the official website of the European Parliament, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said, 'The emerging circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi’s death are deeply troubling, including the shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and particularly its Article 55.'

Earlier, Germany, France, Britain and several other countries had denounced the crime, calling for transparent probe into the murder of the Saudi journalist.

The 59-year-old Saudi investigative journalist vanished on October second after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.

After 18 days of silence and rejecting claims that Khashoggi was killed, the Saudi government finally bowed down to international pressure and claimed the prominent journalist was killed in a fist-fight inside Istanbul consulate.

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