Argentinian prosecutors are considering charging Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, with war crimes and torture if he flies to Buenos Aires for the G20 summit this week. The move comes after the advocacy group Human Rights Watch wrote to a federal prosecutor arguing that the Argentinian courts should invoke a universal jurisdiction statute in Argentinian law, to seek prosecution of the Prince Mohammed for mass civilian casualties caused by the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign in Yemen, and for the torture of Saudi citizens, including the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. The writ presented by Human Rights Watch was received at the court of the federal judge Ariel Lijo, who forwarded it to the federal prosecutor, Ramiro González. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led “coalition has carried out scores of indiscriminate and disproportionate airstrikes on civilians and civilian objects in … [Read more...] about Argentina prosecutors considering charges against Mohammed bin Salman at G20
A prosecutor in Argentina has accepted a request to prosecute Mohammed bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity, hours after the Saudi Arabia crown prince arrived in the country for the G20 summit. It is highly unlikely that such a prosecution could be successfully launched before the prince leaves Buenos Aires, but the move is an embarrassing development as world leaders gather for the two-day summit, which begins on Friday. The advocacy group Human Rights Watch presented a writ earlier this week, arguing that Argentinian authorities should invoke universal jurisdiction laws to seek prosecution of the prince for mass civilian casualties caused by the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign in Yemen, and for the torture of Saudi citizens – including Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. On Wednesday a source said that the court had accepted the writ, and a prosecutor had asked a judge to determine if either Saudi Arabia or Yemen are investigating … [Read more...] about Argentina prosecutor takes on case against Mohammed bin Salman
As the whistle blew at the end of Britain's semi-final against Argentina, the pitch looked like a call to prayer. Every single one of the GB players fell to their knees, their heads cast down, each one alone in their grief. They had given their all but finished on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. Instead of appearing in their first Olympic final on Friday, it is Argentina who will play the Netherlands for gold, and Britain will now face New Zealand in a play-off for bronze. The defeat was made harder by the fact that an obvious infringement preceding Argentina's second goal had been ignored by the umpire. Britain were obstructed in the field before Carla Rebecchi made her bolt to the goalmouth and manoeuvred the ball skillfully around the keeper Beth Storry. But their animated calls for a TV referral were rejected because it had occurred outside of the 23m line. Speaking after the match with a catch in his voice, Danny Kerry, the British coach, said that the issue had been raised in … [Read more...] about London 2012: GB hopes end in tears after controversial Argentina goal
Theresa May has said en route to the G20 summit that she plans to raise the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “I am intending to speak with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The message that I give will be very clear ... on this issue of Jamal Khashoggi but also on the issue of Yemen,” the prime minister told reporters before touching down in Buenos Aires. “[On Khashoggi’s killing] we want to see a full and transparent investigation in relation to what happened and obviously those responsible being held to account. “On the issue of Yemen we continue to be deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation,” May said. “The long-term solution for the Yemen is a political situation and we will be encouraging all parties actually to look for that and work for that.” Western nations are calling for an end to the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen launched by … [Read more...] about May to raise Khashoggi killing with Saudi ruler at G20
The leaders from the world’s 20 biggest economies converge on Buenos Aires on Friday looking for consensus on the global flows of trade and investment – at a time when such consensus has been increasingly difficult to come by. Ten years on from the first G20 summit – convened in an effort to alleviate the global financial crisis – the Argentinian hosts are struggling to find common ground among the heads of state and government representing 19 of the biggest national economies and the EU – 85% of global economic output. A forum intended to be a powerhouse of global governance has become a stage for an increasing number of authoritarian and populist leaders who are there to perform for their restive followers back home. Their power depends on dramatically defying the rule-based order the G20 was created to promote. They are converging on Buenos Aires like trillion-dollar stake poker players – an oddball bunch, each focused on winning, or being seen to … [Read more...] about G20 summit: can world leaders find unity – or is it simply showboating?