U.N. watchdog presses Saudi Arabia on alleged torture of activists

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Source: Reuters

BY Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights watchdog has urged Saudi authorities to free over a dozen rights activists detained in the kingdom, alleging that some had been tortured or mistreated during interrogation.

The panel of 10 independent experts also sought information on whether an impartial investigation is underway into allegations that “high-level officials were involved in the torture and extrajudicial execution of Jamal Khashoggi”.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and critic of the nation’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Riyadh has denied that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing.

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