UN human rights experts have demanded an immediate investigation into allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince,Mohammed bin Salman, hacked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’s phone. UN experts ,Agnes Callamard ,special rapporteur on summary executions and extrajudicial killings and David Kaye,special rapporteur on freedom of expression,said the crown prince had to be investigated despite Saudi Arabia denying those allegations.
The rift between Bezos and the crown prince began after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a U.S. permanent resident on 2 October 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Jamal was an employee of the Washington Post, owned by Bezos, who greatly criticized the Saudi government.
According to the U.N. officials’ statement, technical experts had established a medium-to-high confidence that Mr. Bezos was subjected to intrusive surveillance via hacking of his phone as a result of actions attributable to the WhatsApp account used by the crown prince after he sent Bezos an encrypted message that might have infected his pone with a malicious code.