A year before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told an aide he would use "a bullet" on the journalist if he did not return home and end his criticism of the government, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.
She said her team will continue their investigation in the upcoming weeks and she urged anyone with any information about the assassination to come forward.
United Nations special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard issued a statement in Geneva saying her mission to Turkey, from January 28 to February 3, with a team of three experts "could not firmly establish whether the original intention was to abduct Mr Khashoggi, with his murder planned only in the eventuality of this abduction failing".
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"While Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, the behavior of the crown prince - in multiple ways - has shown disrespect for the relationship and made him, in my view, beyond toxic", Graham said.
Also in September 2017, Khashoggi began writing opinion columns for The Washington Post, and top Saudi officials discussed ways to lure him back to the country, the officials said.
The fact Khashoggi's body still has not been found is causing "even greater suffering" to his loved ones, the report adds. "It is also raising a number of global implications which demand the urgent attention of the worldwide community including the United Nations", she said.
Callamard further met with Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Yasin Aktay, who is an aide of the Turkish President.
Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on executions, sought access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. She had also been promised access to forensic and police reports critical to her inquiry.
Callamard plans to present her final report to the UN Human Rights Council in June.
Callamard said her team were unable to perform a "thorough review" of this material and she did not have the chance to authenticate the recording independently. And the United States is getting closer to delivering answers. "We want everything to be clarified because there is an atrocity, there is a murder", Erdogan told an interview with state-run TRT television.
Human rights groups and other observers also say the Saudi investigation into the killing has not met global standards and they have called for a thorough probe into the slaying.
Eleven men are on trial in Saudi Arabia, accused of involvement in the killing.
Saudi officials have denied MBS had any knowledge of the crime, however, and a trial opened earlier this month in the Gulf kingdom for 11 people suspected of being involved.