Khashoggi killing: US federal court dismisses lawsuit against Saudi Arabia prince Mohammed bin Salman

washington: A US judge on Tuesday (local time) dismissed the lawsuit against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CNN reported that the statement came after the administration of US President Joe Biden recommended the crown prince to be exempted in this case. It is pertinent to mention that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a dissident Saudi journalist who was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in 2018. According to CNN, the case against the Crown Prince of Arabia was brought by Khashoggi’s fiancee. According to The Hill, during a court filing, the State Department expressed doubts about Khashoggi’s murder in its determination last month that Crown Prince Mohammed was legally immune.

“In determining this immunity, the Department of State does not consider the merits of the present suit and reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” the department said. Judge John Bates said in an opinion that despite his “discomfort”, the US government told the DC district court that Prince Mohammed bin Salman is immune because he also holds the title of prime minister and is therefore “entitled to head of state immunity”. are,” according to CNN.

This unease was not only due to the prince’s involvement in Khashoggi’s murder, but also the timing of his appointment as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, the judge wrote. Bin Salman, better known as MBS, was only made prime minister – and therefore technical head of government – in late September in what observers see as a move to secure the head of government immunity in the lawsuit brought by Hatice Cengiz and Khashoggi. Seen as a ploy to Advocacy group Don.

As CNN reports, Bates noted the “suspicious timing” of the prince’s appointment and the plaintiffs’ argument that until now, only the king had been the country’s prime minister. [Saudi] The Royal Order thus suggests that it was not motivated by bin Salman’s desire to be head of government, but rather to shield him from potential liability in this matter,” Bates wrote.

Earlier, Biden raised the Khashoggi issue during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to Saudi Arabia in July this year and said he believed the Saudi leader was responsible for the US-based journalist’s death. I raised it at the top of the meeting, explaining what I thought about it then and what I think about it now,” Biden said in a speech after hours of meetings with the Saudi crown prince in Jeddah. Told.