President of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission (HRC), Dr. Bandar al-Aiban, has said the Kingdom brought perpetrators of Khashoggi murder to justice and they have attended three hearings with their lawyers.
The United States' annual human rights report painted a slightly different picture, accusing agents of the Kingdom of being directly responsible for Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.
Last November, the Saudi PPO announced the indictment of 11 suspects in Khashoggi's murder, and later stated that 10 more individuals were under investigation.More news: Toyota investing $750M at 5 United States plants, including Kentucky, creating 600 jobs
Saudia Arabia's uncooperative approach has been consistent since Khashoggi was murdered.
The Saudi public prosecutor's spokesman said late past year that 11 Saudis had been indicted and referred for trial over the case, with authorities seeking the death penalty for five. He gave no names or other details, however, as the suspects' identities have not yet been made public.
"Justice in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia operates pursuant to worldwide law and it does so in all transparency", Aiban told the Geneva forum during a review of Saudi's rights record.More news: Avengers: Endgame Trailer Has Captain Marvel Meeting Thor
"Therefore what is being conveyed by certain media regarding the need for us to internationalise some of these matters is something we do not accept because such demands amount to interference in our domestic affairs and in our domestic judicial system", he told the Geneva forum.
Khashoggi had been living in Virginia in self-imposed exile as he wrote columns critical of the Saudi government under de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
As Saudi officials continue to reject calls for an independent investigation, they have also continued to dispute accusations that the country's crown prince was involved in Khashoggi's killing.More news: TOO FAR? Minnesota Democrats Seeking 'Primary Challenger' to Run Against Ilhan Omar
Agnes Callamard, UN investigator on extrajudicial executions, said that Saudi officials have not responded to requests to cooperate with her investigation into the murder.