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Late Thursday night, the Biden administration determined that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman ought to be granted immunity in a lawsuit filed against him by the widow of assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The administration argued that bin Salman’s recent appointment to the position of Saudi Arabian prime minister rendered him off-limits.
A spokesperson for the Biden administration said in a statement to the network that their decision “does not reflect an assessment on the merits of the case,” adding that it was “purely a legal determination.”
At the time the lawsuit was filed, bin Salman held the title of Crown Prince, which did not grant him immunity by US standards. Just days before the Biden administration was set to determine whether immunity should be granted, bin Salman’s father appointed him to his post as prime minister.
When the news broke that bin Salman would likely be off the hook, Khashoggi’s widow, Hatice Cengiz took to Twitter to voice her disgust.
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