Khashoggi Murder Investigator Received Death Threats from Saudi Official
Living in the USA, the journalist also started writing critically about the Saudi crown prince and his policies.
UN Investigator probing into the Khashoggi murder case claims to have received death threats from a top Saudi official. Talking to the British newspaper Guardian, Agnes Callamard revealed that she had been threatened twice due to her investigations regarding the murder case of the Saudi journalist.
Jamal Khashoggi Murder Case
Khashoggi was a top Saudi journalist, who had once had close ties with the Saudi royal family. He had even served as the royal family’s advisor at one point in time. However, Jamal and the royal family had a falling out, following which the journalist went into self-imposed exile. Living in the USA, the journalist also started writing critically about the Saudi crown prince and his policies.
In 2018, Jamal Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out. He had gone to the consulate to obtain a certificate that would let him marry his Turkish girlfriend. Khashoggi’s disappearance caused a great alarm and while Saudi Arabia kept denying having any hand in the matter, it was soon discovered that Jamal had been murdered inside the Saudi consulate.
According to investigators, the journalist had been killed and then dismembered inside the consulate. His remains had then been disposed off.
UN Investigator Agnes Callamard
Agnes Callamard was one of the first independent investigators to look into the Khashoggi murder case and publish a detail-oriented report on the incident. In her report, she had concluded that the Saudi crown prince Salaman had been involved in the incident and the murder was an ‘international crime’. The murder case had, as expected, led the Saudi kingdom towards one of its most notable diplomatic crises in years, as the brutal murder received condemnation from leaders across the globe.
However, despite the verbal condemnation of the act by the United States, no sanctions were imposed and no action was taken against the kingdom or the crown prince. Callamard called this inaction ‘worrisome’. She also went on to state that she had been told that a top Saudi official had mentioned, twice, that she would ‘be taken care of if the United Nations failed to restrain her’.