The Argentine judicial authorities are considering a request by the organization to investigate the Saudi hereditary prince Muhammad bin Salman for possible crimes against humanity in Yemen and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he said Human Rights Watch.
The organization said yesterday that Argentina's accusations against the Crown Prince, which should attend the G20 summit this week in Buenos Aires, should be investigated "because of its alleged role in the murder of Khashoggi and possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen ". The limit of his words.
The Argentine newspaper "Clarin" reported that the judge Ariel Lego directed the accusation to determine if the crown prince could be accused of murder in Argentina.
According to Human Rights Watch, the Argentine Constitution recognizes universal jurisdiction over war crimes and torture, which means that the country can prosecute any person accused of such crimes, regardless of the nationality or place of the crime.
"The presence of the crown prince at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires can make the Argentine courts a means of repairing victims of abuse who are unable to seek justice in Yemen or Saudi Arabia," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
"We provided this information to prosecutors in Argentina with the hope that they investigate the involvement and responsibility of Mohammed bin Salman for possible war crimes in Yemen, as well as the torture of civilians, including Jamal Khashoggi," said Sarah Leah Whitson , Director of the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch,.
The Argentine Constitution recognizes universal jurisdiction over war crimes and torture, which means that judicial authorities can investigate and prosecute those crimes, regardless of where they occur.
Cases that exploited the principle of universal jurisdiction were successful, particularly in 1998, when Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon issued an order to arrest former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London.
Similarly, the New York Times reported that the investigation initiated by Human Rights Watch was still in its infancy and that diplomatic and other immunity could protect the Saudi hereditary prince from any possible charges.
The newspaper quoted an official in connection with the investigation, which the Argentine authorities are considering the possibility of accusations against the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The report stressed that the investigation will focus on war crimes allegations in Yemen, in addition to the Khashoggi case, and allegations of torture within Saudi Arabia.
But the newspaper quoted Argentine officials stating that the investigation would not lead to an arrest warrant before the G20 summit on Friday.
Khashoggi's death – a Washington Post journalist and a crown prince's critic – at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, tended relations with the West and destroyed Prince Mohammed's image at the time. abroad.
Western countries are also calling for an end to the military campaign led by the Saudis in Yemen – launched by Prince Mohammed – while the humanitarian crisis deteriorates.