No need for worldwide investigators into Khashoggi murder, says Saudi Arabia

Saudi Human Rights official: Brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 previous year.

Mr al Aiban's comments formed part of the Saudi response during the UN's periodic review in Geneva, where countries offer recommendations to others to improve their human rights record. It said earlier on Thursday that Saudi authorities should disclose the names of defendants and the charges they face if it want to avoid questions over the "sincerity of judicial proceedings in the kingdom".

Three dozen Western countries, including all 28 European Union members, called on Saudi Arabia last week to cooperate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist.

The head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al-Aiban, stressed Thursday that there were no secret detention centers in Saudi Arabia, saying they violated laws.

He reiterated that it was a requirement of global law and order to bring to justice all murderers and instigators, adding that shedding light on the case will also help the kingdom safeguard its worldwide reputation.

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Eleven suspects have been indicted in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder and Riyadh has denied the crown prince ordered the killing.

The CIA concluded late previous year that bin Salman ordered the journalist's assassination, an accusation that has been echoed by United States senators and other observers.

"We have taken those measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime", Aiban said, after calling the reporter's death an "unfortunate accident".

Aiban said the case against the suspects is ongoing and so far, they have appeared in court for three hearings with their lawyers present. In 2013, it accepted 151 out of 225 recommendations.

Turkey urged Saudi Arabia to extradite the perpetrators, as well as to provide information about the location of Khashoggi's body. "Such demands made upon us are tantamount to the worldwide community doubting the integrity of our judicial apparatus and doubting the independence of our judiciary", he said.

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