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Khashoggi’s fiancee urges Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi performance By Reuters


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By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – The girl who was engaged to marry Jamal Khashoggi has requested singer Justin Bieber to cancel his scheduled Dec. 5 performance 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 Post by which she urged Bieber to cancel the performance to “send a powerful message to the world that your name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation 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.

“Do not sing for the murderers of my beloved Jamal,” Cengiz wrote. “Please speak out and condemn his killer, Mohammed bin Salman. Your voice will be heard by millions.”

Bieber, who’s Canadian, is amongst a gaggle of artists scheduled to carry out as Saudi Arabia hosts the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah.

“If you refuse to be a pawn of MBS, your message will be loud and clear: I do not perform for dictators. I choose justice and freedom over money,” Cengiz wrote, utilizing the crown prince’s initials.

Human rights teams have urged the performers to converse out in opposition to human rights points within the kingdom.

“Saudi Arabia has a history of using celebrities and major international events to deflect scrutiny from its pervasive abuses,” Human Rights Watch mentioned on Wednesday.

The advocacy group urged the performers, who additionally embody rapper A$AP Rocky, DJs David Guetta and Tiesto and singer Jason Derulo, “to speak out publicly on rights issues or, when reputation-laundering is the primary purpose, not participate.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post crucial of the Saudi crown prince, was killed and dismembered by a workforce of operatives linked to the prince within the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

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