Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée urges Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi Arabia concert

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Bieber has been urged to pull out of the concert  (AP)
Bieber has been urged to pull out of the concert (AP)

The fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called on Justin Bieber to cancel his upcoming concert in Saudi Arabia.

In an open letter, Hatice Cengiz urged the Canadian popstar to “send a powerful message to the world” by pulling out over human rights concerns in the Gulf state.

Bieber is among a string of celebrities – including DJ David Guetta and singer Jason Derulo – who are set to perform at the Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddah on December 5.

Khashoggi, a Saudi-born US resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. He had gone to the consulate to obtain documents needed to marry Cengiz.

In February, President Biden’s administration released an intelligence report directly implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in his death but spared him any direct punishment.

The crown prince denies any involvement.

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

She added: “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.”

Human rights groups have also urged the performers to speak out against human rights issues in the kingdom.

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

“We can’t let @justinbieber be used as part of the Saudi government’s PR campaign to hide its abuses – RT to join #Bieberfans4humanrights and ask him to call for accountability in Saudi Arabia.”

Public pressure prompted Nicki Minaj to cancel her 2019 concert in Jeddah. At the time, she told the Associated Press she had pulled out to show support for LGBT rights.

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