Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has filed a lawsuit against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Germany and other senior officials in Saudi Arabia for the crimes against humanity that led to the assassination of Jamal Kashoghi.
In addition to the murder of Saudi journalist Kashogi, a government critic, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and four other senior officials are accused of detaining 34 journalists, including blogger Raif Badawi.
According to the RSF, crimes are being committed against journalists in Saudi Arabia for trying to silence them. These include intentional murder, torture, sexual violence and coercion, enforced disappearances, unlawful deprivation of liberty and harassment.
A US intelligence report released last Friday concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince was directly involved in Kashogi’s assassination: “We believe that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoki.
Kashoghi was deported to the United States and went missing in 2018 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Within weeks of his disappearance, it became clear that he had been killed there. His body has not yet been found.
One of the four high-ranking officials named by the RSS in the indictment was Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to the Crown Prince.
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