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Erik Ohlsson: the UN investigation of the assassination of Khashoggi can be an empty gesture

What has the Saudi royal family, authorities and security service hidden in the case of the murdered Jamal Khashoggi?

Ever since the official saudi Arabia confessed to their part in the murder of the frispråkige journalist Khashoggi, there has been demand for an independent, international investigation into the murder, which took place on 3 October last year inside the Saudi arabia consulate in Istanbul.

the prosecutor general investigated the murder and indicted eleven persons, five of whom are considered directly involved and therefore at risk of the death penalty. But the saudi justice system is not exactly known to be independent from the autocratic ruling house of saud. The saudi criminal prosecution has also not published every Khashoggis remains were transported after the murder and the dismemberment.

Therefore welcomed the news that the united nations now added an international investigation of the murder, under the guidance of the experienced French lawyer Agnes Callamard.

Next week, she and two colleagues planned a trip to Turkey to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murder.

has been pushed hard by Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also wanted to have two saudis that he considers to be key persons in the murder case extradited to Turkey. Something that saudi Arabia refused.

despite the fact that UN investigators are qualified and seem to put in the time, its work immediately, it is probably best to not have too high expectations that justice will be done. For this to happen, either that the Saudi arabian rulers to cooperate fully with the united nations, or to the current ruling clique in any way ends up in disgrace.

with the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto in december 2007. The UN investigators had resources that far exceeded those now given to the Agnes Callamard. Their report, which came two years after the murder, showed that Benazir Bhutto not been adequately protected, and that the pakistani authorities have deliberately failed murder investigation.

Any sanctions or other sanctions against Pakistan have not UN-the investigation led to. The risk is imminent that the same thing will happen in the case of Khashoggi.

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