The United Nations has called for the launch of an international investigation into the disappearance and apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The call for an investigation comes after the Saudi government finally admitted that Khashoggi was in fact killed in a premeditated act of violence after initially claiming that he was killed in a fist fight.
All this is occurring even as the Turkish government has made it clear that they have not yet released the full extent of materials related to Khashoggi’s disappearance and murder, insinuating that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could force the Saudi’s hand if they refuse to cooperate.
“It is not quite possible for the state to wash its hands from the behavior of those actors, whether or not somebody even higher up has requested those acts. You know, where do we stop the—where do we begin, where do we stop our construction of the state? They were representing the state when they acted as they acted. The state cannot wash its hands from its responsibilities.” — Agnès Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions
Condemnation from the United Nations comes as Khashoggi’s son, Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi, and his family arrived in the U.S. after the Saudi government finally allowed them to leave despite Khashoggi’s dual U.S.-Saudi citizenship.
A photo of Khashoggi’s son shaking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s hand recently went viral and showed Khashoggi with a pained expression on his face as he confronted the man most likely responsible for his father’s death.
In other news related to Khashoggi’s death, CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly took a trip down memory lane when she was granted access to listen to the audio tapes of Khashoggi’s torture and murder.
Iron Triangle Press has reported extensively on Haspel’s involvement in unsanctioned torture at CIA black sites as well as her efforts to dispose of evidence documenting said torture.
We will continue to follow this story.