Investigation on Khashoggi must be carried out independently - UN

The spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Elizabeth Throssell, announced that they welcome an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that the killing of Khashoggi should be investigated independently and transparently and that those responsible for human rights violations should be held accountable," Anadolu Agency quoted Throssell as saying.

Elizabeth Throssell said Turkey's efforts to launch an independent international investigation were appreciated.

The UN commissioner also stressed that the truth about the murder should be shared with Kashoggi's family and public opinion.

"The murder of Khashoggi is so scandalous. Therefore, we continue saying that this investigation must be carried out independently and objectively," Throssell added.  

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Friday said an international investigation would be useful because Saudi Arabia has not informed Turkey so far. If an international investigation begins, Turkey would cooperate, Çavuşoğlu added. 

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, sparking global outrage against the kingdom and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.