The fiancé of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged the American pop star Justin Bieber not to become the “pawn” of the Saudi crown prince and cancel his performance in the Formula One event in Saudi Arabia.
“Don’t sing for the murderer who killed my beloved Jamal,” Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz wrote in an open letter to the artist in the Washington Post.
Cengiz asks Bieber not to “A chess piece” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called it “Killer.”
“This year, you released an album called’Justice’. You also released a work called “Freedom”. Saudi Arabia desperately needs both,” Cengiz wrote. “Your message will be loud and clear: I do not perform for dictators. I choose justice and freedom over money.”
As a well-known critic of the Saudi government and a columnist for the Washington Post, Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018. Riyadh admitted that the reporter was killed by Saudi officials, but denied that the crown prince was involved.
In 2020, a Saudi court sentenced eight nationals of the country to long-term imprisonment for the murder of Khashoggi.
According to a 2021 report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States, “Impossible” Khashoggi’s assassination was carried out without Mohammed bin Salman’s consent. Despite this, the United States sanctioned the role of several Saudis in the murder, but did not sanction the crown prince.
Bieber will perform with popular artists such as David Guetta and Jason Derulo at the 2021 Formula One Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Jeddah on December 5.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas, as well as some non-governmental organizations and online personalities, earlier urged Bieber to support Palestinian rights and cancel his scheduled performance in Israel in October 2022.
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