Criminal complaint filed against MBS and other Saudi officials in German court

Reporters Without Borders filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Saudi officials of committing crimes against humanity by killing Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of 34 other journalists.

The Paris-based media advocacy group said in a statement that it had filed the complaint with a federal court in Karlsruhe, Germany and was requesting that prosecutors open a formal investigation.

According to Reporters Without Borders, the complaint accuses the crown prince and four other Saudi officials of having “organizational or executive responsibility” for the killing of Khashoggi, as well as involvement in “developing a state policy to attack and silence journalists.”

Khashoggi, a US resident and columnist for the Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

Last week, the United States released an intelligence report concluding that bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill the Saudi journalist. Saudi Arabia rejected the allegations.

Reporters Without Borders said that Germany’s judiciary is the “best suited system” to receive its complaint because its courts have standing to investigate some international crimes and has “already shown readiness and willingness to prosecute international criminals.”