THE UNITED NATIONS human rights office said that it could not assess the fairness of the trial for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia because the trial is “not sufficient.”
The comments come one day after the trial for 11 suspects in Khashoggi’s death began in the country’s capital, Riyadh. The Saudi attorney general is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects, Al Jazeera reported.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the human rights office is calling for an independent investigation with “international involvement” and said the U.N. is “against the imposition of the death penalty,” Al Jazeera reported.
Khashoggi was killed in October after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. The journalist, once a Saudi insider, had grown critical of the country and its government. He was allegedly killed and dismembered inside the building by Saudi agents with ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Khashoggi’s death caused international uproar and the country denied any knowledge at first.
Turkish officials have said they have recordings of the murder and dismemberment, but, according to the Saudi public prosecutor, have not responded to requests to turn them over, CNN reported. Khashoggi’s body has not been recovered.