Relief for Saudi Prince, US court dismisses murder case

Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate to collect the necessary documents for his marriage. His fiancee Hatice Cengiz was unknowingly waiting outside the consulate when he was killed.

Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Mohammed bin Salman

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A US federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration insisted that the crown prince had legal immunity from trial in the matter. District of Columbia Judge John D. Bates accepted the US government’s proposal to shield Prince Mohammed from trial. Although Judge Bates said that the allegations of his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder were credible.

Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in Istanbul in 2018 by a team of Saudi Arabian officials. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, criticized the harsh methods of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, Prince Mohammed.

The US Intelligence Community concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince ordered the operation against Khashoggi. The assassination sparked a rift between the Biden administration and Saudi Arabia, which the administration has tried to close in recent months after the US unsuccessfully pushed to cut oil production in a global market battered by the Ukraine war. was urged to do.

The Biden administration argued long-standing legal precedent on immunity for heads of government from courts in other countries protected the prince as prime minister under certain circumstances, even though the prince had recently held the top position. have done

Prince Mohammed was already freed from punishment by the Biden administration

Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate to collect the necessary documents for his marriage. His fiancee Hatice Cengiz was unknowingly waiting outside the consulate when he was killed. Two of Rajkumar’s top aides were also named in the trial. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman weeks ago named his son Prince Mohammed as prime minister. This was a temporary exemption from the state’s governing code, which makes the king prime minister. The Biden administration had already freed Prince Mohammed from government punishment in this case, citing sovereign immunity.

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