Commentary: EU continue to call for Khashoggi's murder investigation
EU has repeatedly insisted on a transparent and thorough investigation into Khashoggi's murder and called on Saudi officials to cooperate in the ongoing probe.
Iran Press/Europe: The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, dissident journalist at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, by Riyadh regime has become a major scandal for the crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and Saudi Arabia Kingdom.
Khashoggi went missing on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Riyadh initially denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts but later Saudi Arabia claimed that the 59-year-old died in a 'brawl' with 15 other men in the consulate.
Spokesperson for the EU foreign affairs and security policy emphasized that the European Union's position on the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi remains unchanged.
Maja Kocijancic, said that EU continues to call for a credible and careful investigation into the Jamal Khashoggi Murder case.
"There is no change in the EU position, we continue to call for a thorough and credible investigation in line with everything that we have said in the Khashoggi case over the past months", Spokesperson for the EU foreign affairs and security policy, Kocijancic said to press when asked to give an update on the EU position in light of the new UN report on journalist killing.
The statement comes after the United Nations made public its preliminary findings in the investigation into Khashoggi's murder on 7 February, which happened in Istanbul in November. According to the organization, the late reporter became the victim of "brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia."
The report made by UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team after their investigation in Turkey said that Riyadh had intentionally hindered the investigation's launch by denying Turkish investigators access to the crime scene for about two weeks.
Brussels has repeatedly insisted on a transparent and thorough investigation into Khashoggi's murder and called on Saudi officials to cooperate in the ongoing probe.
The top diplomat of EU, Federica Mogherini described Khashoggi's death as "deeply troubling" and called for full accountability for those responsible. He said that Khashoggi's murder is a violation of article 55 of the Vienna Convention, which is about the "Respect for the laws and regulations of the receiving State".
Khashoggi, disappeared after he entered the Saudi diplomatic mission in the Turkish city on October 2.
Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi crown prince by sending a terrorist team to Istanbul, and torture and murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate, showed that he had no respect for international laws and treaties.
The Saudi regime has been one of the most repressive regimes in the world and strongly opposed any protest or criticism.
However, despite the apparent condemnation of the killing from European countries and the European Union, some EU countries including UK are selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. These countries are not willing to give up lucrative arms and economic deals with the Saudi regime.
In this circumstance, the Saudi regime continues its gross violation of human rights and the suppression of opposition inside and outside the country, and also brutal war on Yemen. 101/205/213