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Saudi Arabia: Joint Open Letter to States Monitoring the Jamal Khashoggi Trial

, Index number: MDE 23/0157/2019

It has come to our attention that government representatives of France, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with Russia and China, are among those attending the trial in Riyadh of 11 suspects charged in the October 2, 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The trial sessions held so far have been closed to the media and the identity of those on trial, as well as the charges they face, have not been disclosed. Other than attendance of diplomats, Saudi officials have not permitted independent monitoring of the proceedings. This is grounds for serious concern.

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