(Reuters) – The lady who was engaged to marry Jamal Khashoggi has requested singer Justin Bieber to cancel his scheduled Dec. 5 efficiency in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest metropolis Jeddah, urging him to not carry out for the slain Saudi journalist’s “murderers.”
Hatice Cengiz wrote an open letter to the singer revealed on Saturday within the Washington Submit through which she urged Bieber to cancel the efficiency to “ship a strong message to the world that your identify and expertise is not going to be used to revive the repute of a regime that kills its critics.”
President Joe Biden’s administration launched a U.S. intelligence report in February implicating Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Khashoggi’s 2018 homicide in Istanbul however spared him any direct punishment. The crown prince denies any involvement.
“Don’t sing for the murderers of my beloved Jamal,” Cengiz wrote. “Please communicate out and condemn his killer, Mohammed bin Salman. Your voice might be heard by hundreds of thousands.”
Bieber, who’s Canadian, is amongst a bunch of artists scheduled to carry out as Saudi Arabia hosts the Formulation One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah.
“For those who refuse to be a pawn of MBS, your message might be loud and clear: I don’t carry out for dictators. I select justice and freedom over cash,” Cengiz wrote, utilizing the crown prince’s initials.
Human rights teams have urged the performers to talk out towards human rights points within the kingdom.
“Saudi Arabia has a historical past of utilizing celebrities and main worldwide occasions to deflect scrutiny from its pervasive abuses,” Human Rights Watch stated on Wednesday.
The advocacy group urged the performers, who additionally embrace rapper A$AP Rocky, DJs David Guetta and Tiesto and singer Jason Derulo, “to talk out publicly on rights points or, when reputation-laundering is the first function, not take part.”
Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Submit crucial of the Saudi crown prince, was killed and dismembered by a crew of operatives linked to the prince within the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Will Dunham)