A new lawsuit has been brought against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 28 other people by the fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a reform group Khashoggi helped found prior to his gruesome October 2018 death.
The lawsuit, filed in a Washington, DC, District Court on Tuesday, seeks payments for damages caused by Khashoggi’s death, including “severe mental pain and suffering” by his widow and interference in the operation of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), a reform group Khashoggi helped establish before he died.
The suit was brought by DAWN and Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen and the late Khashoggi’s fiancee.
However, Cengiz argues in the suit that the two were, in fact, already married two weeks earlier “according to the traditions of Islam” and that Cengiz was financially dependent Khashoggi under Turkish law, thus entitling her to compensation for his death.
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Riyadh’s separate investigation found 13 Saudi officials responsible for the conspiracy, but declined to fault bin Salman or several close advisers as having masterminded the killing. Some of those, such as Saud al-Qahtani, who was fired from his posting as the royal court’s media chief in late 2018, and Ahmed al-Assiri, Riyadh’s former deputy intelligence chief who met the same fate, were both exonerated in their murder trials but are now named in this new suit.
In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman addresses the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
“The objective of the murder was clear – to halt Mr. Khashoggi’s advocacy in the United States, principally as the executive director of plaintiff DAWN, for democratic reform in the Arab world,” the suit argues. DAWN makes an open-ended request for financial compensation in the suit.
King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman’s father and the titular ruler of Saudi Arabia, decreed in 2014 that the Muslim Brotherhood was a terrorist organization seeking the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, after that group came to power in Egypt following the overthrow of longtime Saudi ally Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The new laws criminalizing support for the Brotherhood were also used to crack down on a growing Shiite protest movement in Eastern Province that was given new life by the Arab Spring.
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