Tunisia civil society protests upcoming visit of Saudi crown prince MbS

Jeannie Matthews
November 28, 2018

Should he arrive as planned on Friday, Argentine prosecutors are considering charging Saudi Arabia's crown prince with war crimes and torture related to mass civilian casualties in military operations in Yemen, as well as the October 2 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, reports the Guardian. Prince Salman, who has been Saudi Arabia's defense minister since early 2015, should be held viable for any violations of worldwide law, the group argued.

Additionally, Saudi writer Meshaal Aba Al Wadaa Al Harbi said that Egyptian-Saudi relations in the era of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi get stronger day by day.

The crown prince was accompanied by several high-ranking Saudi officials, including the foreign, trade and interior ministers and the head of general intelligence, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi's office said Tunisia denounces the journalist's killing and wants a full investigation, but doesn't want it to be used to destabilise Saudi Arabia.

They waved pamphlets demanding "Freedom for Saudi women" or which read "Bin Salman, you are murderer Number 1".

Khashoggi, a distinguished commentator on Saudi affairs who wrote for The Washington Post's Global Opinions section, had lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since September 2017, when he left Saudi Arabia over fears of the Riyadh regime's crackdown on critical voices.

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The journalists' union has hung a banner on its building showing an image of the crown prince holding a bone saw and reading "no to the desecration of Tunisia".

In an apparent attempt to avoid embarrassing the prince, the presidency only invited photographers to cover his visit.

Tunisia is a longstanding recipient of Saudi development and aid funds. The kingdom is an absolute monarchy while Tunisia has undergone a democratic transition since 2011. Some critics have likened the Tunisian Ennahda party to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Salman's trip to the Argentine capital Buenos Aires will bring him face to face with world leaders for the first time since the killing of Washington Post journalist Khashoggi.

"The submission also highlights his possible complicity in serious allegations of torture and other ill treatment of Saudi citizens, including the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi", the rights group said in a statement.

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