Canada Global (Web News) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been found to be immune from a lawsuit brought by the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the US.
A well-known Saudi critic, Mr. Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. According to US intelligence, Prince Mohammed allegedly ordered the killing. However, the US State Department claimed in court documents that he is immune due to his new position as Saudi Arabia’s prime minister.
Mr. Khashoggi’s ex-fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, stated on Twitter that “Jamal died again today” as a result of the decision.
She was suing the crown prince in the United States for the death of her fiance.
The Saudi crown prince’s status was formally altered in September when he was appointed prime minister, according to the official justification for this protection being granted to a man the CIA believes was involved in Mr. Khashoggi’s murder. But the majority of this transformation is theoretical.
The King, the Crown Prince, and the immediate, blood-related royals are in charge in Saudi Arabia. The crown prince, also referred to as MBS, has held absolute control ever since assuming the position in 2017.
It was never very conceivable that the US, as Saudi Arabia’s ally and arms supplier, would ever make MBS’s arrest possible. However, the Saudi royal court would feel some comfort if he is given amnesty in this manner, and Mr. Khashoggi’s fiancée and human rights activists have also expressed outrage at the decision.
Washington’s desire to mend its strained relations with the Saudi leadership is what drives all of this. It’s no secret that MBS and Vice President Biden don’t get along, and Washington perceived the Saudis’ recent unwillingness to pump additional oil to cut US fuel costs as a slight.