DHe has filed criminal charges against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, along with the attorney general Without Borders. He was primarily responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the imprisonment of more than thirty Saudi journalists, the German section of the Reporters Sans Frontier (RSF) announced on Tuesday. These are crimes against humanity. The complaint has also been directed against four other high-ranking representatives of the Islamic Orthodox state. The federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe confirmed the receipt of the criminal complaint.
“The RSF called on the Attorney General to initiate a formal investigation into these crimes,” the advertisement stated. The organization relies on the so-called universal law doctrine: criminals should not find refuge anywhere. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office then prosecutes offenses under the International Criminal Code (VStGB) in 2002.
Khashogi, who was in exile in the United States, was assassinated on 2 October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a special command in Riyadh. Even today there is no trace of his body. According to a report by the US Secret Service published on Friday, bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill Khashogi. Saudi Arabia rejected it as being wrong.
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has played a leading role in the prosecution of war crimes in Syria. Victims and criminals alike have found refugees here. If foreign suspects are not in Germany, investigators are not required to take action. The states where the crime occurred and where the perpetrators and victims arrive are primarily responsible. According to VStGB, crimes against humanity occur “as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population”.
Khashogi’s murder trial is going on in Turkey. A Saudi court sentenced the five defendants to death and then to long imprisonment. The RSF criticized that the main suspects were “completely free from punishment to date”. The reported cases have revealed a system that threatens the lives and freedoms of all journalists.