Macron will discuss the Khashogi case and the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia in his meeting with the crown prince
MADRID, 28 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Hatice Cengiz, the sentimental partner of Yamal Jashogi, an American journalist assassinated in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has said she feels "shocked" and "outraged" by the visit of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salmán, to France for a "working dinner" with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysée Palace.
Jashogi, a columnist for the newspaper 'The Washington Post', went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to collect some papers to be able to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. However, he was never heard from again, his remains have not been found and the Turkish and Western intelligence services suggest that the order to kill him could only come from the highest echelons of the Saudi kingdom.
"I am shocked and outraged that the executioner of my fiancé (the journalist Yamal Jashogi) is received with great fanfare at the Elysee. It is a shame!" She said on her official Twitter profile, referring to Bin's arrival. Salmán to Paris this Thursday.
Due to this visit, the human rights organization Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), together with the Open Social Justice Initiative --OSJI, for its acronym in English-- and the NGO TRIAL International, have filed a criminal complaint in France against Bin Salmán.
Specifically, the text, presented this Thursday in the French courts by DAWN, an organization created by Jashogi himself in June 2018, contemplates in its 42 pages that the Saudi crown prince is "accomplice in the torture and forced disappearance" of the journalist, for what it implies "crimes subject to internal prosecution" in France.
Thus, the complaint argues that Bin Salmán does not have procedural immunity because, as crown prince, he is not head of state. "French authorities should immediately open a criminal investigation against bin Salman for his role in the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashogi," said DAWN Executive Director Sarah Leah Whitson.
In fact, the Saudi crown prince also faces a civil lawsuit for the murder of Jashogi in the United States filed by the journalist's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, as reported in a statement from the organization.
"Great initiative. Tremendous initiative. If our policies drop and fluidize the values of our society, then let us resort to other institutions: those of justice in the first place, to protect them. Let's do justice to Yamal Jashogi", has valued the prominent expert in Human Rights and UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard.
On the other hand, according to the newspaper 'The Washington Post', French officials have defended the dinner scheduled for Thursday in Paris and have reported that Macron plans to discuss the murder of Khashogi and concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Given the current crisis due to the increase in prices, a situation aggravated by the war in Ukraine, a French official, on condition of anonymity, stressed to the French chain BFM this Thursday that France "must talk to the oil-producing countries".
Bin Salman's visit to Paris, which is on the French president's agenda, will take place this Thursday night after the crown prince met on Tuesday with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Greek capital, Athens. , to promote bilateral cooperation in the framework of the first stop of his European tour.
Likewise, these contacts on European soil take place after the meeting of the Saudi crown prince with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, within the framework of his tour of the Middle East in mid-July, in which he reiterated his innocence in the case of the murder of journalist
Due to the current fuel crisis due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, the increase in oil production is in the spotlight and, in fact, it was one of the topics of the recent meeting between Biden and Bin Salmán, very criticized, since a declassified CIA report points to him as being responsible for the murder of Khashogi in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul in October 2018.