US judge rejects lawsuit against Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder

A US judge has dismissed the case against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying he has immunity. Judge John Bates accepted the US government's position that Crown Prince Mohammed, who was appointed as Saudi Arabia's prime minister in September, has immunity in US courts as a foreign head of state, AFP reported. br> Judge Bates admits to "uncertainty" in the decision. He claimed to have been influenced by previous recommendations from the administration of President Joe Biden that Crown Prince Mohammed should be protected, according to the Guardian.
The decision to drop the charges is likely to end efforts to The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
Dismissal of civil suit against Crown Prince Mohammed and his two entourage means the Saudi king will travel to the United States and other jurisdictions. The Biden administration voiced support Thursday for the crown prince of Saudi Arabia's legal immunity from prosecution for his role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The case was submitted to the court by the fiancee of this journalist and the social organization he founded. Accordingly, Crown Prince bin Salman was considered by the US government as a person with high position in the Saudi government and deserves legal protection according to international relations.
However, The statement of the American government to give bin Salman legal protection has no effect. Pardoning the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia depends on the decision of the Judging.
The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 caused international concern.
A United Nations investigation at the time found that Khashoggi was the victim of a "deliberate, premeditated execution" for which Saudi Arabia was held responsible under human rights law.
Crown Prince Mohammed claimed responsibility "as the leader" of Saudi Arabia, but personally denied having anything to do with authorizing the killing.

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