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US government seeks immunity from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Khashoggi case

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The US government has asked a court to grant immunity to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. This means he cannot be prosecuted in the United States, where Bin Salman has been accused of participating in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The case against him in the United States was a last-ditch effort to hold the crown prince responsible for the 2018 murder.

Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

According to President Joe Biden’s administration, Bin Salman has immunity because he has been Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia for several months.

The Middle Eastern country’s king, Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, decided to appoint the crown prince as prime minister in September, a post usually held by the king himself.

Human rights activists have seen it, according to the British newspaper The Guardian as a ploy to avoid responsibility for Khashoggi’s murder.

Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Crown Prince Bin Salman has been linked in the West to the political murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi, who previously worked in the United States. The critic of the Arab regime was assassinated more than four years ago in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The Crown Prince himself denies having anything to do with the murder.

Joe Biden

Biden’s order to grant immunity to the crown prince goes against promises made by the president during his election campaign. At the time, Biden said of the Khashoggi case that “the crown prince ordered the assassination” and that he “will make the Saudis the outcasts that they are.”

This summer, however, Biden traveled to Saudi Arabia to, in his own words, “refocus relations.” He also met Bin Salman there.

The pending civil suit in the United States, which probably no longer stands a chance with Biden’s proposed immunity, was brought by Khashoggi’s fiancée.

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