European Parliament calls for urgent international inquiry into Khashoggi's death

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tigani on Saturday called for an urgent investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
"An urgent international investigation should be initiated to examine the evidence and clarify the circumstances surrounding the death of Jamal Khashoggi," Tejani said in a tweet posted on his




Twitter account on Saturday after Saudi Arabia confirmed the journalist's death.
King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz also released a group of senior officials, including Deputy Chief of General Intelligence, Major General Ahmad Asiri, and Advisor to the Royal Court, Saud bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, and ordered the formation of a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, And "strictly define its mandate".Saudi prosecutor Saud bin Abdullah announced on Friday night that preliminary investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance showed his "death" as a result of a clash with people he met at the consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. He said 18 people had been arrested so far In the context of investigations, while an official source explained that they are all of the nationality of Saudi Arabia, without disclosing further details about the killing of the journalist or the whereabouts of his body.
The European Union has called on the Saudi authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the case, while the European Parliament's Human Rights Committee has urged countries in the region to take action against Saudi Arabia if they prove involved in Khashoggi's death, including suspending arms sales to the kingdom.
EU ambassador to Ankara calls for "comprehensive criminal investigation" over Khashoggi
Meanwhile, EU Ambassador to Turkey Christian Berger called for a "thorough criminal investigation" of Khashoggi's death.
"As I explained to the European High Commissioner for Foreign Policy, Federica Mujerini, we call for a comprehensive criminal investigation into the incident," Berger said in a press statement during a visit to the ancient Aphs region of Izmir, western Turkey.




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