Saudi Arabia's secret hearings for eleven suspects accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi are not in line with international standards and should be open to the public and process observers, said a United Nations human rights expert.
Agnes Callamard, who led an international investigation into the killing of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year, called on the kingdom to announce the names of the defendants and the fate of ten others who were initially arrested.
"The Government of Saudi Arabia It is a grave error to believe that these proceedings, as they are currently constituted, will satisfy the international community either in terms of procedural justice according to international standards or as to the validity of its conclusions." Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, said in a statement on Thursday.
The Saudi Arabian Attorney's Office appealed to eleven nameless suspects in November, including five who may face charges of ordering and committing the crime of capital punishment.
The CIA has reportedly led the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ordered the assassination deny officials in Riyadh.
Saud al-Qahtani, a chief assistant to Crown Prince Mohammed, shot for murder, is not one of the eleven suspects accused of secret hearings in Riyadh despite Saudi's pledges to bring the perpetrators to justice the news sources Reuters on Sunday.
Callamard referred to diplomats of the United Nations Security Council, who had previously participated in some of the four hearings. They risk participating in a potential miscarriage of justice, possibly complicit if it is shown that the trials are affected by violations of human rights law.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post resident of the United States, was killed on October 2, 201
Critics of the Saudi government and the government Crown Prince Khashoggi had resisted pressure from Riyadh to return home.
His body is yet to be found.
Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst of Al Jazeera, rejected any expectation that an open trial would actually take place 19659004] "An open, serious trial instead of a show trial would definitely lead some of those who are really responsible for the crime," he said.
"And as we say so Many have heard … "including CIA directors and various Western intelligence agencies and others that this without the clear involvement of Kro and I can not see the Crown Prince being called as a witness, "Bishara added.
"At the end of the day, Saudi Arabia must continue to do so as a show trial to get some kind of good PR."
Louis Charbonneau, UN director of Human Rights Watch, said the Saudi criminal justice system has "one catastrophic record ", which is characterized by defendants Long denied without charge or trial and often denied lawyers.
Charbonneau added that the Saudi authorities should publicly launch the Khashoggi murder trial for UN observers, international activists and the media and countries whose diplomats are prosecuting the case.
"We can not allow the Saudi government to turn it into a kangaroo court that has conveniently found a number of people guilty while washing away the potential responsibilities of senior Saudi Arabian officials," he said.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in the meantime a congressional hearing that Washington is still working "throughout the government" to hold everyone accountable for the killing of Khashoggi.
Al Jazeera and news agencies