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Switzerland: UN concerned over 'truly shocking' disappearance of Khashoggi01:15

Switzerland: UN concerned over 'truly shocking' disappearance of Khashoggi

Switzerland, Geneva
October 9, 2018 at 16:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani said the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is 'of serious concern' and 'truly shocking', speaking from Geneva on Tuesday.

"This is of serious concern, this apparent enforced disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi from the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul is of serious concern. If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are confirmed, this is truly shocking," said Shamdasani.

She also called upon Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation" and to make the findings public.

"At the moment there are still a lot of questions about precisely what happened when Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate, so we will wait until matters are clearer before we can comment further," she added.

Khashoggi went to the consulate on Tuesday to prepare documents for a forthcoming marriage. His fiancée claimed she waited outside for him for 11 hours, but he did not return. Turkish officials claim to have evidence of his murder.

According to the official Saudi news agency, an official at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul denied any wrong doing and strongly condemned the allegations. Meanwhile, a Saudi security delegation has arrived in Istanbul to assist in the investigation.

A Saudi national, Khashoggi was a strong critic of his country's regime, and fled Saudi Arabia in 2017.

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Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani said the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is 'of serious concern' and 'truly shocking', speaking from Geneva on Tuesday.

"This is of serious concern, this apparent enforced disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi from the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul is of serious concern. If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are confirmed, this is truly shocking," said Shamdasani.

She also called upon Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation" and to make the findings public.

"At the moment there are still a lot of questions about precisely what happened when Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate, so we will wait until matters are clearer before we can comment further," she added.

Khashoggi went to the consulate on Tuesday to prepare documents for a forthcoming marriage. His fiancée claimed she waited outside for him for 11 hours, but he did not return. Turkish officials claim to have evidence of his murder.

According to the official Saudi news agency, an official at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul denied any wrong doing and strongly condemned the allegations. Meanwhile, a Saudi security delegation has arrived in Istanbul to assist in the investigation.

A Saudi national, Khashoggi was a strong critic of his country's regime, and fled Saudi Arabia in 2017.

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