Wednesday, December 7, 2022

A US judge has dismissed the case against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in connection with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

US judge dismisses case against Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi killing

 WASHINGTON: A lawsuit filed by the fiance of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi against Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was dismissed by a federal judge in Washington on Tuesday due to President Biden's grant of immunity.

John Bates, a US District Judge, said that despite his reluctance, he had no choice but to dismiss the lawsuit because of the Biden administration's decision.

"In spite of the Court's disquiet, then, with both the conditions of canister Salman's arrangement and the solid claims of his contribution in Khashoggi's homicide, the US has informed the Court that he is safe," Bates wrote in the 25-page administering.

Bates was referring to the fact that Saudi King Salman only appointed Prince Mohammed as prime minister in a royal decree in September when he invoked the circumstances surrounding his appointment as head of state.

In the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi. US intelligence believed that Prince Mohammed, or MbS, who has been the de facto ruler of the kingdom for several years, had ordered the attack.

The sovereign has denied requesting Khashoggi's killing yet recognized later that it occurred "under my supervision."

"As the sitting head of a foreign government, enjoys head of state immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts as a result of that office," according to US Department of Justice attorneys in a November court filing, Prince Mohammed has "head of state immunity."

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiance, stated at the time of the decision, " Today, Jamal died once more."

When Biden was in Saudi Arabia in July to talk about energy and security issues, he was criticized for punching the crown prince in the face. According to the White House, Biden told Prince Mohammed that he thought he was the one who killed Khashoggi.

In columns for the Washington Post, Khashoggi had criticized the crown prince's policies. He had gone to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get the documents he needed to marry Turkish citizen Cengiz.

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