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Saudi Rights Official Dismisses Khashoggi Inquiry as Foreign Interference

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Patty Aguilar | 15 March, 2019, 20:31

He gave no names or details.

Turkey on Thursday said Interpol had issued red notices for 20 people in connection with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The UN has repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an UN-led investigation into Khashoggi's murder, but the kingdom has refused, calling it an internal matter.

Despite claims Qahtani was sacked by the Saudi leadership in the aftermath of Khashoggi's murder, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have reported that Qahtani continues to advise the crown prince.

Aiban, speaking before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, insisted that his country was taking all the "measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime".

Al-Aiban spoke as the 47-member Human Rights Council conducted Thursday a regular review of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, a periodic process faced by all United Nations member states.

"We urge Saudi Arabia to tell the world which individuals are now on trial on what charge (s)", Altun said, to lay to rest any doubts that may arise about the "sincerity" of the judicial proceedings in the kingdom.

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The Turkish Justice Ministry said it had requested Interpol red notices for 18 people on November 15 and for two more on December 21 without identifying the individuals.

It announced General Secretariat of Interpol published the red notice March 1 in accordance with Turkey's request.

"Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country".

It also criticized Aiban's rejection of any foreign investigation. " While not naming any names, he said that 11 Saudi citizens had been indicted for the "heinous crime" previous year".

Regarding Yemen's crisis, he said the Arab Coalition is committed to global human rights law.

While Saudi Arabia has abolished the ban on women driving since its previous review, other government-enforced guardian restrictions remain in place, including on travel outside the country.

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