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© supplied by News 360 The crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman at the G20 summit in Indonesia. - Leon Neal/Pa Wire/DPA
The American administration determined that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman benefits from immunity in the case which opposes it to the United States for murder in 2018 Yamal Khashogi journalist 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
The United States Ministry of Justice has filed a judicial file at the request of the State Department, specifying that the recent appointment of Bin Salman as Saudi Prime Minister gives him immunity.
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"The State Department recognizes and authorizes the immunity of the Prime Minister (Saudi) Mohammed Bin Salman as an acting head of government from a foreign state," said Richard Visek, signatory of the document filed with the US Ministry of Justice.
He declared that "Prime Minister Bin Salman, as an acting head of government, is safe, while he is in office, of the jurisdiction of the American district court in this trial".
"By making this decision of immunity, the State Department does not discuss the merits of the prosecution and reiterates its unequivocal conviction of the odious murder of Yamal Khashogi," said Visek, legal advisor to the department of Justice.
Following this, the journalist's partner Hatice Cengiz said that US President Joe Biden "saved the murderer by granting him immunity." "He saved the criminal and got involved in crime. We will see who will save him afterwards," he said. Mr. Cengiz also pointed out that the decision of the Biden administration means that "Yamal died again today".
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© via Reuters - Saudi Royal Court Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman. The crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ben Salman is "immune" in a civil trial concerning the murder in 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said the United States government in a judicial document filed Thursday, November 17. A recommendation, however, non -binding for the court.
"The US State Department granted immunity to Mohammed Bin Salman. This is not a decision that was expected. We thought there might be a glow of justice in the United States, But once again, the money comes first, "Cengiz criticized in a series of messages on his Twitter account.
In this line, the non -governmental organization Democracy for the Arab World Now (Dawn), founded by Khashogi before his assassination, stressed that "the recognition by the Biden administration of Bin Salman as head of the Saudi government , which would give him immunity in the trial brought to him for the murder of Yamal Khashogi, is a legal and political error ".
The statement of the US administration has expired, after a lawyer for the Saudi crown prince argued in October that his appointment as Prime Minister gave him "immunity". He declared that the court had to recognize that he was not "competent" to deal with the trial.
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King Salman Bin Abzulaziz of Saudi Arabia appointed his son and "de facto" leader of the country to the post of Prime Minister on September 27, because he is already at the head of many important portfolios in the country and is at the head of the decision -making process in Riyadh, but the reasons for this appointment have not been disclosed.
The legal action, filed in the United States in October 2020 in the name of Cengiz and Dawn, concerns Bin Salman and 20 other Saudis. Legal action aims to obtain civil damages and clarification, through the American judicial system, the level of involvement of senior Saudi officials in the murder of Khashogi, including the disclosure of information from officials and intelligence services.
The judicial process in Saudi Arabia ended on September 7, 2020 when, after the appeal procedure, eight people were sentenced to prison sentences for their responsibility in murder, thus reducing the death penalty Pronounced in December 2019 against five of them.
Khashogi, a critical journalist for the Saudi royal house who worked for the "Washington Post", disappeared on October 2, 2018 after going to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents in order to be able to marry CENGIZ . There, he was murdered and dismembered, but his remains were not found.
The UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions of the time, Agnes Callamard, who conducted an investigation into the case, said in June 2019 that the evidence suggested that Bin Salman and other senior officials were responsible murder. She then declared that the final decisions were "a parody of justice".
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