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Press freedom group files criminal complaint against MBS and Saudi officials for Khashoggi murder, persecution of journalists
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials of committing crimes against humanity.
On Monday evening, RSF published a press release confirming they had filed a 500-page complaint with the German Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe.
RSF says Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, and other Saudi officials are responsible for the “widespread and systematic” persecution of journalists in Saudi Arabia, notably the assassination of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul and the arbitrary detention of 34 journalists, 33 of whom are still detained.
“These journalists are the victims of unlawful killing, torture, sexual violence and coercion, and forced disappearance,” said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire at a press conference on Tuesday.
“The official opening of a criminal investigation in Germany into crimes against humanity in Saudi Arabia would be a world first,” the organization’s Germany director, Christian Mihr, noted.
RSF chose Germany, as its courts are given jurisdiction over international crimes committed abroad, even without a German connection.
“We ask the public prosecutor general to open a situation analysis, with a view to formally launching a prosecutorial investigation and issuing arrest warrants,” he added.