EU calls for credible probe into Khashoggi’s murder

TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) – After Saudi Arabia admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, the European Union has issued an statement, calling for “thorough, credible and transparent” investigation into the case.

In consultation with the 28 Foreign Ministers of the European Union, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini issued the following declaration on behalf of the European Union:

"After almost three weeks, facts are finally emerging, confirming that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the premises of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. The European Union expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends and pays tribute to the memory of this respected journalist who was in direct contact for his work with many European institutions and organisations. We reaffirm our commitment to the freedom of the press and the protection of journalists across the world.

The emerging circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi’s death are deeply troubling, including the shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and particularly its Article 55. Therefore the European Union, like its partners, insists on the need for continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation, shedding proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it. The memory of Jamal Khashoggi, the family of the journalist  as well as his friends deserve justice."

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who wrote critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) rise to power, went missing on October 2 after entering the consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage. On Friday, Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city, saying he died in brawl but made no mention of where his body is.

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