Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s girlfriend asks Justin Bieber not to perform in Saudi Arabia

The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who died at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018, asked singer Justin Bieber not to perform on December 5 in Jeddah to send a message of rejection against the authorities, who are attributed the murder.

“This is a unique opportunity 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,” Hatice Cengiz wrote in a column titled ‘Please Justin Bieber: don’t show up for the regime that killed my fiancé’, published this Sunday in The Washington Post, the newspaper with which the reporter collaborated.

Khashoggi’s killing shocked the world and put Saudi Arabia on the ropes, after he several independent investigations, including those of the UN and the CIA, determined that his death was approved by the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

On October 2, 2018, he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some documents that should allow him to continue with the procedures to marry Cengiz. But did not leave the premises alive again.

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Members of the Saudi Arabian intelligence service, with close ties to the crown prince, they assassinated him inside diplomatic facilities and they dismembered his body with a saw.

“Know that your invitation to participate in a concert in Jeddah comes directly from MBS. Nothing important happens in Saudi Arabia without your consent and even less an event as important and striking as this one,” he stressed.

Cengiz reminded Bieber that this year he released two albums with the titles Justice and Freedom: “Saudi Arabia urgently needs both,” he said.

“Last year, you wrote to your followers: ‘I want to use the platform I have to remind people that racism is bad and ingrained in our culture.’ Given this honorable commitment you made to stand against injustice , please, use your platform now to support the cause of human rights in Saudi Arabia. ”

Canadian singer Justin Bieber during an event on September 13, 2021 in New York.Evan Agostini / Invision

The concert in early December is part of the celebrations organized by the authorities of Saudi Arabia for hosting a Formula race for the first time. The promoters of the show also confirmed the performances of David Guetta, A $ AP Rocky, Dj Tiësto and Jason Derulo.

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Eight men were convicted in a trial that international observers called a sham. Five of them were sentenced to deathBut their sentences were reduced to 20 years after Khashoggi’s relatives allegedly pardoned them.

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Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s girlfriend asks Justin Bieber not to perform in Saudi Arabia