When the US folder to the Khashoggi case still resounds, Europe is preparing to reopen it. Reporters Without Borders filed a 500-page complaint in Germany on Monday against Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman and several members of his clique for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
The public prosecutor in Karlsruhe, where the complaint was submitted, will decide whether it is appropriate to investigate it. Although Germany has nothing to do with the case, its courts are the most likely to declare themselves competent to try alleged crimes against humanity, in accordance with German law.
Biden promised in his campaign that he would turn Bin Salman’s Arabia into “an international pariah.”
The complainants must also have taken into account the freedom of maneuver provided to Berlin by its veto on the export of arms to Riyadh, in force since the assassination of Khashoggi joined the war in Yemen.
Joe Biden promised in his presidential campaign that he would make Bin Salman’s Arabia “an international pariah.” But business as usual seems to be winning the game.
Although Biden on Friday declassified most of a CIA report, again targeting Bin Salman, he also made it clear that sanctions don’t go with him.
In contrast to this turning the page, this week two lawsuits turned back the sight of Europe. One, the aforementioned against the heir of Saudi Arabia. And another – in compensation measure – against the Government of Syria. That is, against Russia and Iran. More will come.
The complaint filed in Karlsruhe by the Paris-based press freedom body goes beyond Khashoggi. It also demands the freedom of thirty-three journalists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. However, it is not clear that it is in their favor to join their cause to another that will forcefully cause a gang closure of the Saudi regime.
As you will recall, the Saudi Jamal Khashoggi was about to remarry a Turkish woman when he was suffocated and dismembered in his own consulate in Istanbul, by a command sent by Riyadh.
Khashoggi, for decades a man of the palace, had exiled himself to the US after entering a collision route with the thoughtless Bin Salman.
Riyadh, who had to submit to the tests dosed by Ankara, tried his case last year behind closed doors. He claimed to have handed down five death sentences, later commuted to jail terms, against undisclosed individuals.
This is not the case of the trial in absentia opened in Istanbul against twenty Saudi defendants, with first and last names. Although, as will happen, if necessary, in Germany, Riyadh will never extradite them.