Saudia Arabia’s crown prince shouldn’t be “allowed to stain the Queen’s reminiscence”, the fiance of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has warned, after stories claimed Mohammed bin Salman plans to go to Britain.
Human rights defenders reacted with alarm to the information, first reported by CNN Arabic, that the inheritor to the Saudi throne will journey to London on Sunday to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II, following her death last week at the age of 96.
Though the report means that he won’t participate within the late monarch’s funeral – the visitor checklist for which is chosen largely by the UK authorities – it might mark the crown prince’s first go to to the UK since March 2018, six months earlier than Khashoggi was murdered and allegedly dismembered on the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.
Whereas the prince has insisted it was “obvious” he did not order the killing of the 59-year-old Washington Put up journalist, calling it “the worst factor ever to occur to me”, an intelligence report published by US president Joe Biden’s administration final February alleged he knew about and authorised of the plan.
The slain journalist’s fiance, Hatice Cengiz – a Turkish activist and educational – and Abdullah Alaoudh, an exiled Saudi dissident working as analysis director of Daybreak – a non-profit based by Khashoggi – have been amongst these to voice their anger on the suggestion that he might go to London this weekend.
“The crown prince shouldn’t be allowed to be a part of this mourning and never be allowed to stain her reminiscence and use this time mourning to hunt legitimacy and normalisation,” Ms Cengiz advised The Guardian, which additionally reported a supply as confirming the Saudi royal’s plans to go to London.
Mr Alaoudh, whose father is a reformist cleric dealing with the loss of life sentence in Saudi Arabia, warned that the go to would come at a time when the Saudi regime is cracking down “harsher and tougher” on human rights defenders.
He alleged that the crown prince, generally often known as MBS, is “getting emboldened to journey the world after the Khashoggi matter as the results of the devoted rehabilitation course of – whether or not they name it this or not – of western leaders”.
Agnes Callamard, the secretary basic of Amnesty Worldwide, and Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy additionally gave feedback opposing a go to by MBS.
The Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey is anticipated to be the “largest worldwide occasion” held within the UK in many years, if not ever, as hundreds of dignitaries from across the world descend upon the capital.