Foreign Relations & International Law

New Lawsuit Filed Against Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi Murder

Bryce Klehm
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1:12 PM

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Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the late-journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) have jointly filed a lawsuit against several Saudi Arabian government officials—including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs filed the suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) and the Alien Tort Statue (ATS). The suit alleges that the Saudi government officials “acting in a conspiracy with premeditation, kidnapped, bound, drugged and tortured, and assassinated U.S.-resident journalist and democracy advocate Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, then dismembered his body, while Plaintiff Cengiz waited for him outside for more than 12 hours.” The 61-page complaint names 25 current or former Saudi officials as defendants and details the events leading up to and following Khashoggi’s murder.

You can read the complaint here and below:

Bryce Klehm is a first year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a former associate editor at Lawfare.

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