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UN human rights expert Agnes Kalamar, who has conducted an independent investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, urged the United States to act on its findings. Kalamar, the UN special rapporteur, concluded that Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October was "extrajudicial execution" by the Gulf kingdom and criticized the United States for failing to act.

She told a London conference hosted by human rights groups about the killing of a Saudi journalist who worked for The Washington Post that the United States "has jurisdiction or at least an interest in taking action." "Silence is not an option, but it is not enough, we have to move," she said.

The UN Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions or Direct and Arbitrary Liquidations said that Washington could act "either through an FBI investigation or through a civil law investigation … (or) declassification of material possessed by the CIA and other Materials". "All those things I think can be done and done," she said.

Khashoggi was killed by Saudi elements at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His body was reportedly cut but not found. Kalamar began her investigation in January and last month issued a 101-page report that found "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman to murder and attempted cover-up.

The report recommended further investigation and financial sanctions. The Special Rapporteur noted that she had not received cooperation from Riyadh and had received little cooperation from the United States.

"The United States did not do its best, they did the minimum to stay within the limits of what is expected of a Western government," she said. Kalamar said she had no chance of meeting CIA, US Justice Department or other Trump officials.

Amid the frustration of global inaction since publishing its findings on June 19 and welcoming Prince Salman at the recent G-20 meeting in Japan, Kalamar said the West risked being hit by a "democratic deficit" by not responding to the widespread public disgust of the killing. "This is dangerous … that democratic deficit must be addressed," she said.

Kalamar does not speak on behalf of the United Nations but informs her of her findings. Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an international criminal investigation into the case. But his office said that he did not have the authority to do so and a Member State should proceed with that procedure.

Khadija Genghis, the Turkish Khashoggi's fiance, appeared alongside Kalamar in London and stressed the call for justice. "We ask all European countries, especially the UK, to take this report more seriously," she said, adding that it was "very dangerous to act as if nothing had happened."

HZ / AFP (AFP)

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