Press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has filed charges against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Germany for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of 34 other journalists.
The Crown Prince and four high-ranking Saudi officials are charged with crimes against humanity. According to RSF, they have been guilty of a widespread and systematic attack against journalists. Journalists are being punished or forced to shut up for political reasons, the organization said.
Khashoggi was murdered in October 2018 while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He was there to arrange marriage papers but never came out again. For a long time, it was unclear what had happened to him. His body has never been found.
Research by the American intelligence services shows that Bin Salman had permitted to capture or kill Khashoggi. The four officers charged are said to have been involved in planning and carrying out the murder.
Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is officially crown prince and deputy prime minister, but has actually ruled the country since his father, King Salman, named him crown prince in 2017.