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The Biden administration is reportedly seeking to legally protect Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from facing a lawsuit over the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, expressed that Biden “betrayed justice” with the decision. With the move, the United States is drastically changing its position on the murder, for which it had launched a campaign against the crown prince.
“Those who seek justice today did not lose. Those who betrayed justice lost. #JamalKhashoggi“, Cengiz wrote on Twitter.
Immunity for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi
AP explained that the “U.S. government’s finding of immunity for the Prince Mohammed, sometimes known as MBS, is non-binding, and a judge will ultimately decide whether to grant immunity.”
The State Department explained on Thursday that President Biden’s decision was a legal technicality. However, the announcement has generated reactions from human rights activists.
“Saudi officials killed Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They are believed to have dismembered him, although his remains have never been found. The U.S. intelligence community concluded Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had approved the killing of the widely known and respected journalist, who had written critically of Prince Mohammed’s harsh ways of silencing of those he considered rivals or critics,” the Associated Press reviewed.