Legal petition urges ICC to investigate Khashoggi murder

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The Saudi human rights activist Yahya Assiri unveils a new street sign for the Saudi Arabian embassy, in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Amnesty International is renaming the street ‘Jamal Khashoggi canal’ on the first anniversary of the murder of the Saudi journalist.

On the anniversary of his death, it has been revealed that a law firm has filed a petition at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to have Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman investigated for alleged “crimes against humanity”, including the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In a petition filed to the ICC’s chief prosecutor in July and made public on Wednesday, the anniversary of Khashoggi’s killing, the US-based law firm Fein & Delvalle requested that the prosecutor petition the UN Security Council to refer the crown prince’s alleged crimes to the ICC.

Khashoggi, 59, was killed a year ago by a team of Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul and his dismembered body has not been found.

Saudi Arabia has consistently denied that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, but a UN investigator has said there was “credible evidence” of the crown prince’s liability that warrants further investigation while the CIA has reportedly concluded that the killing was probably ordered by the prince.

It was not clear whether the Hague-based court would respond to the petition, as it only has jurisdiction over crimes committed on the territory of its member states. Neither Saudi Arabia nor Turkey is a member of the court.

A vigil was held in Istanbul for the Saudi journalist.

Hatice Cengiz (C), the fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, CEO of Amazon and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos (L-2), Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman (L) and participants stand near by memorial stone during an event marking marks one-year anniversary of the assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Sunday, the prince said he took full responsibility for the killing as a Saudi leader but denied ordering it. Saudi prosecutors have put on trial 11 individuals, who they say murdered Khashoggi in a “rogue operation” and are seeking the death penalty for five of them.


Via Al Jazeera/ Amnesty International


Street of Saudi embassy named after Jamal Khashoggi
The street where the Saudi Arabian embassy is located has been renamed by Amnesty International  “the Jamal Khashoggi Canal”, exactly one year after the murder of the Saudi journalist, in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Photo:EPA-EFE/Lex van Lieshout

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