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Une plainte pour complicité de torture et de disparition forcée en lien avec l’assassinat du journaliste Jamal Khashoggi a été déposée jeudi 28 juillet 2022 à Paris contre le prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane (photo d’illustration). © David Ademas / Archives Ouest-France A complaint for complicity in torture and forced disappearance in connection with the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was filed on Thursday 28 July 2022 in Paris against the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmane (Illustration Photo).

A 42 -page complaint was filed this Thursday, July 28 in Paris against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmane, by two NGOs, for complicity in torture and forced disappearance in connection with the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "MBS", visiting France, is due to meet President Emmanuel Macron this Thursday evening.

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A complaint for complicity in torture and forced disappearance in connection with The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was filed Thursday July 28, 2022 in Paris against the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmane (MBS) , visiting France , announced two NGOs and their French lawyer.

Launch of a legal procedure

This 42 -page complaint says that MBS "is an accomplice of the torture and forced disappearance of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018" and that he " Not the immunity of prosecution because, as a crown prince, he is not head of state ", specify Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn), founded by the Saudi journalist, and Trial International in a press release .

The complaint with constitution of civil party was filed with the dean of the investigating judges of the judicial court of Paris Thursday July 28 morning, the lawyer of NGOs, Me Henri Thulliez told AFP.

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This procedure leads to the quasi-systematic opening of judicial information and the appointment of an investigating judge.

“Pursuant to universal competence made possible by conventions against torture and forced disappearances, the French courts are competent to open a judicial information against any suspect who is on the national territory when the complaint is deposited ”, whatever the place where the crimes denounced were committed, added the lawyer.

Initially, French justice must ensure the competence of France, the accountability of the facts to the targeted person and the existence or not of an immunity for the latter before initiating investigations .

Anger of human rights defenders

Emmanuel Macron must receive MBS, de facto leader of the Saudi kingdom, Thursday July 28 for an "work dinner" scheduled at 8:30 p.m. at the Élysée.

The presence in France of the Crown Prince, of which this is the first visit to Europe since the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, aroused the vivid anger of human rights defenders.

"The visit of MBS in France and Joe Biden in Saudi Arabia does not change the fact that MBS is none other than a killer", deplored with AFP Agnès Callamard, who had conducted an investigation into the 'Assassination by Saudi agents from Jamal Khashoggi when she was a UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.

Washington Post columnist, critic of Saudi power, the journalist was killed and dismembered on October 2, 2018 on the premises of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had come to seek necessary papers for his marriage.

The American intelligence services had pointed to Mohammed Ben Salmane in the journalist's assassination. The crown prince, he denies having ordered the assassination, even if he says he is responsible for it as a leader.

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