The United Nations Human Rights Office said an international team of experts will investigate the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Extrajudicial or Arbitrary Executions, told Reuters on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to conduct an "independent international investigation" on October 2 regarding Khashoggi's assassination in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Callamard, a French scientist and head of Columbia's Global Freedom for Expression initiative in Columbia The University of New York reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and has a worldwide mandate to investigate executions.
In a statement, the UN Human Rights Office stated that Callamard of Helena Kennedy and Duarte Nuno Vieira were visiting Turkey in January 28 to February 3.
Kennedy is one of the UK's most established lawyers and a member of the House of Lords.
Nuno Vieira is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra in Portugal and an expert in pathology and forensics.
He is also President of the Ibero-American Network of Forensic Medicine and Forensics Science Institutions and Vice-President of the European Association of Experts on Personal Injury Assessment and Repair.
Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he had no authority to investigate the death himself. Khashoggi and no country had filed an official petition for a preliminary criminal investigation.
Saudi Arabia insists that the death of Khashoggi, a Saudi national and vocal critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a "rogue operation" that was carried out without his knowledge, has eleven Defendants brought to justice for the crime, including five for whom the Saudi Public Prosecutor's Office seeks capital punishment. [1