U.N. rights office says Saudi trial in Khashoggi case “not sufficient”

GENEVA – The United Nations human rights office said on Friday it could not assess the fairness of a trial taking place in Saudi Arabia related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but that in any case it was “not sufficient”.

Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani, asked about reports that a Saudi prosecutor had sought the death sentence for five suspects linked to the Oct. 2 killing, reiterated the office’s call for an independent investigation “with international involvement” .

The U.N. rights office always opposed the death penalty, she added.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by John Stonestreet)