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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs: Kingdom rejects all wrongdoing and false allegations contained in the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the killing of Khashoggi and reserves the right to take legal action to respond to it

Saudi Press Agency

Thursday 1440/10/17 - 2019/06/20

Jeddah, June 19, 2019, SPA -- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Cabinet Adel Al-Jubeir told Saudi Press Agency, "The death of Jamal Khashoggi, may Allah have mercy on him, was an unfortunate and painful crime that cannot be condoned or tolerated by the perpetrators. The kingdom, as already announced, has begun to take the necessary measures to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice according to the regulations in force in the kingdom after they exceeded all the applicable regulations and powers with their deed."

On the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council, the minister said, "The report of Ms. Callamard has, regrettably, presented many unfounded accusations, including the violation of a number of international conventions, and is totally unacceptable to the leadership of the Kingdom.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs added that "Saudi Arabia, while affirming its deep commitment to and respect for international conventions and laws and its rejection of all the unjustified violations and allegations contained in the report, reserves the right to take legal action to respond to them."

On the impartiality of the report and its credibility, Al-Jubeir pointed out that there are serious reasons to emphasize the impartiality and lack of objectivity of the report of the Special Rapporteur and the Special Rapporteur's person, and the conclusions reached by the Special Rapporteur as she relied in her report on press and media reports, as well as on analysis and conclusions of unnamed experts in reaching a number of key conclusions in her report, as well as her use in the report of expressions, descriptions and allegations previously used by parties hostile to the kingdom for political, ideological and historical reasons. They were adopted by non-neutral parties to undermine the kingdom and its leadership. Needless to say, all of this confirms the unreliability of the report and its lack of credibility, which should be taken into account in its preparation, even if it is not a formal or binding report of the United Nations.

The minister said that the Special Rapporteur ignored the efforts made by the competent authorities in the kingdom to investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime, which had already been announced. She should have referred to those efforts and that the ongoing investigations and judicial proceedings in this case in the Kingdom should be given full respect as they infringe on to the kingdom's sovereignty and its judicial institutions, which can never be tolerated.

He added that the report in an inapprehensible manner reduced the measures taken by the Kingdom to restructure the General Intelligence Presidency in the Kingdom, which was announced.

On the eligibility of the Special Rapporteur, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said, "The allegations and false allegations contained in the report are based on preconceived ideas and positions of Ms. Callamard regarding the kingdom. This is evidenced by her insistence since the first days of the incident to accuse the kingdom without any evidence as on the third day of the painful incident, she began to publish tweets accusing the kingdom of responsibility for the murder and of covering up the crime. She also described the statement of the Attorney General in the Kingdom as unacceptable and questioned the impartiality of the investigations, without regard to the code of conduct imposed on her by a professional and impartial evaluation of the facts. This raises an important question as to whether Ms. Callamard is qualified to submit an objective and impartial report on the case.

Minister Adel Al-Jubeir added that "based on the keenness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to deal with this issue away from any political or media exploitation, or to negatively affect the ongoing trials in the kingdom and in continuation of its approach in cooperation with international human rights mechanisms in accordance with international norms, it provided the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria with a detailed progress report on the case on 3 June 2019.

The minister concluded his statement by stressing that the kingdom will never accept any attempt to harm its sovereignty and that it categorically rejects any attempt to derail this issue in the kingdom's justice system or any attempt to influence it in any way. He added that the kingdom will never accept any attempt to infringe on its leadership or interfere with the functioning of its independent judicial institutions.

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