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The NGO Reporters Without Borders has filed a complaint in Germany against Mohammed ben Salman, the NGO announced on Tuesday. The crown prince is; according to her; responsible for the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced Tuesday, March 2, the filing of a complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity targeting in particular the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed ben Salman, the NGO denouncing his “responsibility” in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and imprisonment of around thirty of his colleagues.

Filed Monday “with the Attorney General of the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe” because of his jurisdiction “over the main international crimes”, the complaint “relates to the widespread and systematic persecution of journalists in Saudi Arabia” and targets, in addition to the crown prince, four other senior Saudi officials, RSF said in a statement.

Alongside the de facto ruler of the kingdom, “suspected of having directly ordered the assassination” of Jamal Khashoggi, RSF thus attacks his ex “close adviser” Saoud al-Qahtani, the “former deputy director of intelligence” Ahmed al- Assiri, but also Mohammed Al-Otaibi, former consul general in Istanbul, and Maher Mutreb, “intelligence officer” at the head of “the team that tortured and killed” the Washington Post columnist.

Consulted by AFP, the unprecedented complaint, also filed against X, also details the atrocities committed against 34 journalists imprisoned in the kingdom, 33 of whom are still in detention, like the blogger Raif Badawi.

The “most suitable” German judicial system

“Torture”, “violence” and “sexual coercion”, “enforced disappearance”, “illegal deprivation of physical liberty” … Faced with what it describes as “crimes against humanity”, the NGO believes that the German judicial system turns out to be “the most suitable” under the universal jurisdiction applied across the Rhine, which allows a state to prosecute the perpetrators of the most serious crimes, regardless of their nationality and where they have been committed.

This action, by which RSF hopes the opening of an investigation, which would be a “world first”, comes a few days after the publication of an American intelligence report estimating that “MBS” “validated” the operation aimed at “capture or kill” Jamal Khashoggi.

>> To read: The international forfeiture of Mohammed ben Salman

Critic of Saudi power after being close to it, Jamal Khashoggi, resident in the United States, was assassinated on October 2, 2018 in his country’s consulate in Istanbul by a commando of agents from Saudi Arabia. His dismembered body has never been found.

After denying the assassination, Riyadh ended up saying that it was committed by Saudi agents who acted alone. After an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudis were sentenced to death and three others to prison terms. The death sentences have since been commuted.

Saudi Arabia ranks 170th out of 180 countries on the RSF World Press Freedom Index.

With AFP


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