G20 countries should raise Khashoggi killing: U.N. expert

FILE PHOTO: Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions poses after a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. executions investigator said on Wednesday that leaders attending the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this weekend should press Saudi Arabia to take "full responsibility" for what she called the state murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Agnes Callamard was asked by reporters what delegations attending the G20 should raise in bilateral meetings with the Saudi delegation - headed by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"I have insisted that the killing of Mr. Khashoggi is a state killing. It is not a killing by rogue officials as the government continued to pretend," Callamard said in Geneva.

"It is therefore important that the countries that will be present in the G20 insist that the state of Saudi Arabia do take its full responsibility for the killing"," she said.


(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Hugh Lawson)