Hashogi murder: Reporters Without Borders sues Prince of Saudi Arabia – Abroad – News

The criminal case alleges that Hashogi and dozens of other journalists have been systematically persecuted. The organization wants the prosecutor’s office to conduct investigations in accordance with German law of international jurisdiction.

According to the RSF, it has gathered evidence of attacks on journalists and attempts to silence journalists as part of public policy.

The testimony was filed on Monday in the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe.

The report also provides information on 34 other journalists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, including blogger Raif Badavi, who has been imprisoned for “insulting Islam” since 2012.

“We call on the German prosecutor to take a firm stand,” RSF Director General Christoph Delarar said in a statement. “No one should be above international law, especially when it comes to crimes against humanity.”

The court in Karlsruhe confirmed that a complaint had been received, but did not comment further.

Last week, a court in Koblenz applied the principle of universal jurisdiction to convict a former Syrian intelligence agent found guilty of crimes against humanity. It was the first such lawsuit in the world in connection with the state-sponsored practice of torture by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a complaint filed in Karlsruhe court on Monday, in addition to Crown Prince Mohammed, his aide, Saudi al-Kahtani, is suspected of having played a direct role in the planning of the Hashogi assassination and the assassination itself, as well as three other Saudi officials.

On Tuesday, UNESA Special Rapporteur on the Extrajudicial Death Penalty described the RSF complaint as “an important step in the right direction” to bring the Crown Prince to justice.

Jamal Hashogi, a U.S.-based Washington Post journalist and critic of the Saudi regime, was killed on October 2, 2018, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had arrived to obtain the necessary documents to marry a Turkish citizen, Hatji Genghis.

Saudi Arabia initially denied knowing anything about what had happened to Hashogi, but later claimed that the 59-year-old journalist had lost his life in a fist fight at the consulate in Istanbul until he finally admitted that the journalist had been killed in a premeditated murder.

Saudi prosecutors have denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the murder of Hashogi.

Meanwhile, a report released last week by the director of the US national intelligence services concluded that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, had approved the operation that led to the killing of Hashogi.

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