Argentina considering probe into Saudi crown prince

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman takes his seat to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and his delegation on 19 April 2017 in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman takes his seat to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and his delegation on 19 April 2017 in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

At the behest of human rights advocates, Argentinian prosecutors are considering bringing criminal charges against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), days before he is set to arrive in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit, alleging that he has committed war crimes in Yemen.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received on Monday, Nov. 26 Bin Salman upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched several new strategic projects in the country, including one to build a nuclear research reactor.

Saudi authorities have blamed the killing on lower-ranking officials who they say exceeded their authority.

This was evident from the welcome from Egyptian MPs and some of those who came out to receive the crown prince on the streets of Cairo, either spontaneously or by prior arrangement, which emphasized that Egypt stands by the Saudi Arabian people and leadership.

Prince Mohammed's stay in Tunisia is part of a regional tour, which comes as Khashoggi's murder leads to increased scrutiny of Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen's devastating war.

Upon receiving him, Essebsi said the Saudi royal was "not merely a guest of Tunisia, he is at home here", stressing the importance of their countries' ties.

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Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at American University of Beirut, said the Saudi crown prince's visit to the region was aimed at telling his domestic audience that he was given a strong welcome by the kingdom's Arab allies.

In a historic move, the Crown Prince visited the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbasia, where he met with Pope Tawadros II and church leaders. "We don't want the money of a regime whose hands are stained with blood".

Saudi Arabia offered refuge to the autocratic ruler that Tunisians overthrew in 2011, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and democracy activists have denounced Riyadh's refusal to extradite him.

The complaint also accuses the crown prince and Saudi government of torture of Saudi citizens. The banner reads, "No to the desecration of Tunisia".

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

In its petition, HRW highlighted almost 90 "indiscriminate and disproportionate airstrikes on civilians" in which the USA -backed Saudi coalition has "hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools and mosques" across Yemen.

Argentina has not issued any official comment on HRW's request.

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