What Happened: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be further investigated for his role in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Agnes Callamard said in a report released June 19.
Why It Matters: The report from a respected body like the United Nations is likely to greatly irk Saudi Arabia, which could retaliate by withholding funding for U.N. activities such as the Yemen humanitarian fund. The report could also increase European criticism of Saudi Arabia and factor into decisions by European governments whether to limit arms sales to the kingdom.
Background: Ahmed Asiri, a former deputy head of Saudi intelligence, is the only high-ranking Saudi official currently on trial for the killing of Khashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi operatives as he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
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