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Amnesty calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

AFP  |  Istanbul 

International on Thursday called for an international investigation into the murder of Saudi Jamal Khashoggi, in a ceremony marking the 100th day since his killing sparked global outrage.

"We once again call for an international investigation under the authority of the into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi," Goksu Ozahishali, one of the rights group's representatives, said in a statement read out in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the scene of the murder.

In a case that shocked the world Khashoggi, a US resident and who wrote for the Washington Post, was murdered and his corpse dismembered inside the kingdom's diplomatic compound on October 2.

"We demand justice for who fought for the freedom of expression in the Arab world," Ozahishali said.

activists later symbolically hung a street sign reading "Street" where the Saudi consulate is located.

Several questions remain unanswered including the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains more than three months after the murder.

"It's absolutely shocking that 100 days later there are no real concrete steps to bring this murder to justice," Andrew Gardner, Amnesty's strategy and research manager, told AFP.

"Unfortunately the international community has been incredibly weak, and trade and diplomatic relations with have taken precedence over fundamental human values," he said.

After evidence emerged that the killing was done by a team of Saudis sent from and closely linked to Mohammed bin Salman, the international community demanded a transparent investigation.

and have opened separate investigations into the murder but has repeatedly accused of failure to cooperate. Turkish officials have blamed the for the killing, which the Saudi authorities categorically deny.

A trial opened last week in The has demanded the death penalty against five of the accused whose identities have not been revealed.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:25 IST