The World interview with UN rapporteur on Khashoggi murder

Agnes Callamard is the UN’s special rapporteur who issued a scathing report about the Saudi Arabian government’s involvement in the brutal murder of reporter Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, saying that there was evidence of high-level involvement in what was a pre-meditated murder and that the role of crown Mohammed bin Salman’s needed to be investigated.

The World‘s reporter Shirin Jaafari scored an interview with Callamard and asked her about the evidence that she saw and how she arrived at her conclusions. Callamard was remarkably frank and forthcoming and the seven-minute interview is illuminating and also damning in its portrayal of how the Saudi government behaved.

Callamard describes what she heard on the audio recordings that were obtained by the Turkish government, where the Saudis casually discuss the planned murder. It is quite extraordinary how coldly and clinically the Saudi officials discussed the planned murder.


  1. jrkrideau says

    It is quite extraordinary how coldly and clinically the Saudi officials discussed the planned murder.

    Saudi officials can be like that. They are a bit like the Gestapo or CIA torturers.

    Your run-of-the-mill Saudi is about the same as your run-of-the-mill Canadian. Friendly, helpful, and the young men drive like lunatics. They would blend into Toronto in an instant.

  2. Jenora Feuer says

    It is quite extraordinary how coldly and clinically the Saudi officials discussed the planned murder.

    And stupidly. Standard sort of egotistical criminal type figuring that nobody’s actually caught them or called them out yet, so obviously nobody’s going to catch them this time. While they discuss things within listening range of other foreign operatives.

  3. blf says

    (This is a reconstructed cross-post from poopyhead’s current Political Madness All the Time thread.)

    Trump dismisses UN request for FBI to investigate Jamal Khashoggi’s murder:

    Donald Trump has dismissed a United Nations request for the FBI to investigate the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, suggesting it would jeopardise American weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

    A report on Khashoggi’s assassination published last week by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings said the US should open an FBI inquiry and “pursue criminal prosecutions within the United States, as appropriate”.


    Asked if he would allow the FBI to investigate, Trump said: “I think it’s been heavily investigated.”

    Asked who had investigated, the president replied: “By everybody. I mean … I’ve seen so many different reports.”

    Khashoggi […] was a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post. […]


    The president [sic] then cited a drastically overinflated figure for Saudi spending on US weapons that fact-checkers have previously noted does not match the official record.

    “I only say they spend $400bn to $450bn over a period of time, all money, all jobs, buying equipment,” Trump said.

    In fact Saudi Arabia last year signed “letters of offer and acceptance” for $14.5bn in military purchases from the US.

    The Senate last week voted to block the Trump administration selling arms to Saudi Arabia, seven Republicans joining Democrats to pass the measure. Trump has pledged to use his presidential [sic] veto and push on with the sales.


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