As Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepared to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron for a working dinner Thursday in Paris, a group founded by slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said it had filed a criminal complaint in France against Mohammed that called him an “accomplice” in the journalist’s torture and disappearance.
“As a party to the UN Conventions against Torture and Enforced Disappearances, France is obliged to investigate a suspect such as Bin Salman if he is present on French territory,” said a statement from the group, Democracy for the Arab World Now, or DAWN, which filed the legal action along with two other organizations.
Mohammed has been in Western Europe since Tuesday, visiting Greece, and now France, in his first official visit since the 2018 killing of Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul Consulate. The murder — carried out by Saudi agents and ordered by the crown prince, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded — sparked global outrage and made the young prince a pariah.
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