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Senior Saudi official denies threatening UN rapporteur with death

In an interview with the “Guardian”, Agnès Callamard, responsible for the UN to investigate the murder of the Saudi journalist, revealed that she had been the subject of death threats from a Saudi official.
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He doesn’t remember the exact conversation, but denies “in the strongest terms”. A senior Saudi official denied, Thursday, March 25, having uttered death threats against the UN rapporteur, Agnès Callamard, following his investigation into the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. from a meeting with UN officials in Geneva in January 2020, a senior Saudi official twice threatened to “to take care” of the Frenchwoman if the United Nations did not curb its ardor, reported this week the daily The Guardian.

Without naming the Saudi official, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions told the British newspaper that the comment was viewed by her Geneva-based colleagues as a “death threat”. “Although I can’t remember the exact conversations, I never wanted to harm someone appointed by the UN, or anyone for that matter.”, wrote on Twitter the head of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, Awwad Alawwad.

“I reject this suggestion in the strongest terms”, wrote this former Saudi minister, saying to himself “discouraged that everything I have said could be interpreted as a threat”. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, confirmed that “Details of Guardian article on threat to Agnes Callamard were correct”. The UN body had informed Callamard of the threat, he added in a statement to AFP.

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