US judge dismisses suit against Saudi prince

AFP , Wednesday 7 Dec 2022

A US judge dismissed Tuesday a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his alleged role in the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives to attend the APEC Leaders Informal Dialogue with Guests event during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok. AFP


Washington federal judge John Bates accepted a US government's stance that Prince Mohammed, who was designated prime minister of Saudi Arabia in September, enjoys immunity in US courts as a foreign head of state.

Bates ruled that he had no power to reject the US government's official stance, submitted in a formal statement to the court on November 17, that the prince had immunity as a foreign leader.

The US government's executive branch "remains responsible for foreign affairs, including with Saudi Arabia, and a contrary decision on bin Salman's immunity by this Court would unduly interfere with those responsibilities," Bates said.

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