Mohammed bin Salmon, Murderer, Fugitive From justice

FOR IMMEDIATE GENERAL RELEASE

AND TO THE GOVERNMENT OF SAUDI ARABIA

REGARDING MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN AND JAMAL KHASHOGGI

DECEMBER 7, 2018

  1. The United Democratic Commonwealth hereby denounces Mohammed bin Salman also known as Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as a murderer, and we proclaim him a fugitive from justice.
  2. The United Democratic Commonwealth hereby severs all diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, for so long as they provide sanctuary, or other comfort, to the fugitive Mohammed bin Salman, also known as Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
  1. Mohammed bin Salmon, Murderer, Fugitive From justice

The people and administration of the United Democratic Commonwealth hereby denounce and sanction Mohammed bin Salman, also known as Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the incumbent deputy prime minister of the Saudi Arabian government, for his obvious and certain role in the premeditated and vicious murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 8, 2018.

The United Democratic Commonwealth insists that Mohammed bin Salmon be immediately apprehended, arrested and prosecuted for his role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as any other accused murderer, without regard to his claimed “royal” status, government affiliation, or political office. We further insist that the trial be in open court and that the entire proceeding and all evidence adduced be public and not protected in any degree by assertion of state or other legal privilege.

Saudi authorities claim that they shall pursue the death penalty against the perpetrators of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. At the same time, they have tried unsuccessfully and ineptly to shield Mohammed bin Salman from blame.  Saudi pronouncements are clearly intended to placate a worldwide anger, and to limit justice to the punishment of those who acted on orders. This would permit Mohammed bin Salman to escape personal justice, which is the Saudi government’s aim.  Those who acted on Mohammed bin Salman’s orders are certainly guilty of murder, but their punishment alone would not satisfy justice. It would compound the evil of the crime by blaming mere agents for Mohammed bin Salman’s act as principal and instigator. It is a perversion of justice to blame merely the agent of evil and leave the principal of evil free and untouched.

The Saudi government’s own assertion that the death penalty is appropriate is an admission of the degree of evil of this crime. Accordingly, the United Democratic Commonwealth asserts that justice requires Mohammed bin Salman be subject to that penalty as any other accused in this outrageous act.

The act of conspiring in and ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was the act of a coward, not the act of a just and wise leader. It is evidence of a character ruled by fear, poor judgment and personal evil. It is a breach of trust far below the contempt of any person who aspires to represent a people. It is beneath the ethics, responsibilities and strength of character required of anyone who claims a royal status.  The United Democratic Commonwealth finds it can no longer recognize any state, government, royal or aristocratic standing for Mohammed bin Salman, or indeed for the so-called House of Saud, unless and until Mohammed bin Salman is tried by a competent and open court for his part in the premeditated murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Accordingly, the United Democratic Commonwealth denounces Mohammed bin Salman as a murderer, and we proclaim him a fugitive from justice.

2. Severing All Diplomatic Relations With Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government’s protection of Mohammed bin Salman is unequivocal notice to the world of the lack of ethics which can be expected of a Saudi government under his full control.  Mohammed bin Salman cannot be trusted, and no government in which he has a part may be trusted.

Further, we condemn the use by the Saudi government, and its diplomatic employees, of its consulate as a place for the commission of this heinous and evil act. Once again, this evidences a character of fear, poor judgment and, in this case, a collective evil. Since it is an act involving the Saudi diplomatic mission, the Saudi government and diplomatic mission are necessarily painted with the same evil.

This outrageous act violates the very foundations of diplomatic missions. Consular premises cannot be safe havens for the blatant commission of crime, especially political crimes and crimes against democracy and humanity such as the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Such acts undermine the trust required for diplomatic intercourse in a civilized world. Mohammed bin Salman, and every member of the Saudi government who participated in any degree in this cowardly act, has put every other government on notice: Saudi Arabia and its emissaries are not to be trusted, and will resort to the sleaziest and most vile evil when criticized even by a single person.

The United Democratic Commonwealth therefore immediately severs all diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, for so long as they provide sanctuary or comfort to the fugitive Mohammed bin Salman.

Along with the outrage expressed around the globe, questions have arisen over what can be done about Salman’s act. Commentators are confused trying to differentiate between the acts of a state, in this case Saudi Arabia, and the acts of a human being, in this case Mohammed bin Salman. This confusion is illustrated by the comments of Richard B. Selby, a United States Senator. In reference to potentially canceling an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, he says, “Somebody should be punished. The question is how do you separate the Saudi crown prince from the nation itself? That might be a real problem.”

This confusion is the result of a modern delusion that pretends imaginary persons, like corporations and states, have more than a mere legal existence beyond the real people behind them. In fact, identifiable people always make so-called “state” decisions.  In a great many cases, as in this case, the “imaginary” state is in fact the tool of the individual making the decisions, not the other way around. The United Democratic Commonwealth asserts that individuals should not be permitted to hide behind the fiction that they are mere tools of an imaginary person, when they do evil.

The United Democratic Commonwealth is a direct democracy with complete transparency in government. We see no difficulty in identifying the wrong-doer in this case. The acts of Mohammed bin Salman are not the acts of a nation or of the imaginary person referred to as Saudi Arabia. The acts of Mohammed in Salman are his own acts, and he must be personally and appropriately punished.

It is an entirely different question whether sanctions against the Saudi government itself are justified on other matters.  The certain complicity of the Saudi government with Mohammed bin Salman’s actions, and elsewhere, should be considered.  The cancelation of arms sales, not coincidentally, would hamper the Saudi government’s efforts to continue a clear campaign of murder in Yemen. The developing love affair between Mohammed bin Salman and the Putin regime is obviously in anticipation of such a development.

The United Democratic Commonwealth is contemplating what further measures it can and should take to bring Mohammed bin Salman to justice.

In the meantime, the United Democratic Commonwealth encourages continued resistance to anti-democratic despots and dictators in Saudi Arabia and around the globe.

Media and press inquiries should be made to:

Office of the Secretary General
United Democratic Commonwealth, USMOI
secretary.general@udcadmin.org