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UN calls for 'credible' probe into Khashoggi murder

AFP , Sunday 16 Dec 2018
Antonio Guterres
United Nations chief General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital United Nations chief General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 16, 2018 (Photo: AFP)
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UN chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday for a "credible" probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"It is absolutely essential to have a credible investigation and to have the punishment of those that were guilty," Guterres said at a conference in Doha.

The UN chief said he had no information on the case except what had been reported in the media.

Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate in what Riyadh called a "rogue" operation.

Riyadh has since detained 21 people over the murder.

Turkey's foreign minister said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia has not yet shared information on a "local collaborator" in his country.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the conference that Riyadh has neither dislosed the name nor the facial composite of a suspect in Turkey.

"Why don't you share it with Turkey?" he asked.

"We know that (Khashoggi's) body was cut in pieces and his body was taken out of the consulate building, but we don't know where the body is.

"This is the main question, we need to find out."

On Saturday, Cavusoglu said that his country would "not give up" on establishing the truth about the murder.

Earlier this month, the minister said Turkey was in talks over a possible United Nations investigation into the killing which has provoked global outrage.

Some Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on nearly 20 Saudi nationals.

* The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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