The judicial fight of Khashoggi’s wife runs into Biden: Bin Salman is immune in the US


The Joe Biden Administration has declared immune to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salmanfor him Jamal Khashoggi assassination in the open case against him that is being investigated in the United States.

“This is a legal determination made by the State Department under well-established principles based on international law,” a White House National Security Council spokesman said.

In a document filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Justice Department lawyers have explained that “the doctrine of immunity of heads of state is well established in international law” and that, therefore, So Mohammed bin Salman has immunity to be court.

[La CIA señala al príncipe heredero de Arabia Saudí como el responsable de la muerte de Khashoggi]

“Jamal died again today”

Khashoggi, a journalist critical of the Saudi Royal House and who worked for the washington post, He disappeared on October 2, 2018 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to process some documents to be able to marry his partner. Over there, was killed and dismembered, without his remains having been found. US Intelligence believes that his death was ordered by Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi’s wife Hatice Cengiz, has condemned this decision of the United States Government. “Jamal died again today. I thought that perhaps there would be light for justice,” he wrote on social networks.

Prime Minister

Already last October, the crown prince’s lawyer argued that his appointment as prime minister grants him “immunity” in the case opened against him in the United States.

[Turquía acusa a Macron de encubrir las cintas de Khashoggi por el “maldito dinero”]

To shield his son from Justice, the King of Saudi Arabia, Salmán bin Abzulaziz, appointed him Prime Minister and leader on September 27 de facto of the country because he already heads a large part of the country’s main portfolios and is at the forefront of decision-making in Riyadh.

The decision took place in the midst of the legal dispute over the case opened in the United States in relation to the murder of Khashoggi and after the US court asked the government of the North American country in July to determine that Bin Salman had immunity.

In the lawsuit, filed in the US by the woman of Khashoggi and the non-governmental organization Democracy for the Arab World Now, Bil Salman and 20 other Saudis are cited and the payment of civil damages is demanded as well as to clarify through the US Justice system the level of involvement of senior Saudi officials in the murder of Khashoggi, including the publication of information from intelligence officials and agents.

It should be remembered that the judicial process in Saudi Arabia for this murder came to an end on September 7, 2020 when, after the appeals process, were eight people sentenced to jail terms for his responsibility in the murder, thus reducing the death sentence handed down in December 2019 against five of them.

Saud al-Qahtani, Bin Salman’s former adviser and one of the main suspects, was released for lack of evidence. Also, the number two of Saudi intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri, and the consul general of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul at the time of the crime, Mohamed al Otaibi, were exonerated.



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