Saudis may boost oil production after Biden admin shields crown prince from punishment in death of Jamal Khashoggi

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Last week, 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 fiancée of Khashoggi and the rights group he founded, Democracy for the Arab World Now.

“Jamal died again today,” Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, tweeted upon hearing the news. “The United States state department has granted immunity to MBS [Mohammed bin Salman ]. It wasn’t a decision everyone expected. We thought maybe there would be a light to justice from USA. But again, money came first.”

Despite the Biden administration’s support of legal immunity for bin Salman, it is ultimately non-binding and could very well be invalidated by a judge. 

The administration argued that bin Salman’s recent appointment to the position of prime minister rendered him off-limits.

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.

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