Monday 23 September 2019

Argentinian judge asked to rule on Mohammed bin Salman case

A human rights group wants Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince to be prosecuted over the war in Yemen and the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, HRH Mohammed bin Salman (Yui Mok/PA)
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, HRH Mohammed bin Salman (Yui Mok/PA)

By Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press

An Argentinian prosecutor has taken initial action on a Human Rights Watch request to prosecute Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for alleged crimes against humanity.

The rights group’s move is apparently aimed at embarrassing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he attends the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

A federal court source said a prosecutor has asked a judge to determine if Saudi Arabia or Yemen are investigating the prince for possible crimes against humanity.

Murdered writer Jamal Khashoggi (Johnny Green/PA)

The judge has not responded.

Human Rights Watch accuses the prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It said prosecution action shows that powerful figures “will be scrutinised if implicated in grave international crimes”.

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