Riyadh: The fiancee of murdered Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi and a Washington-based organization have filed a civil lawsuit in the U.S. against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing.
Prince Mohammed and 28 other Saudis are named in the seven-count complaint, filed in District of Columbia federal court, lawyer Keith Harper, a partner at Jenner & Block, said in a virtual press conference Tuesday. Damages should be determined at trial, he said.
The suit was filed on behalf of Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and Democracy for the Arab World Now, an advocacy organization founded by Khashoggi before his death.
Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed by Saudi agents at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018, sparking an international outcry and straining Saudi Arabia’s close relationship with the U.S.
Prince Mohammed has denied any involvement in the killing, while accepting “full responsibility” for it as the country’s de facto leader. –Bloomberg