With a hard turn, Administration Joe Biden As the Saudi crown prince decided this Friday, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)will enjoy immunity from prosecution in the case brought against him for the murder of a journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The reporter criticizing Casa Saúd It was destroyed in Istanbul after going to the consulate of his country. to renew the passport with his wife. Khashoggi entered the embassy, where a gang of Saudi agents killed and dismembered him. According to American intelligence, the mission was ordered by MBS itself. In a surreal scene, one of the perpetrators claims to have walked out of the consulate on his own feet, disguised as a journalist, to the surveillance cameras.
Before Biden took office, the Saudi crown prince’s promise to pay for his role in the execution sparked an international scandal. Hatice Cengiz“Cemal is dead again,” said Khashoggi’s fiancé and the person who led the case, along with the NGO Democracy for the Arab World (DAWN) Now (founded by her deceased boyfriend).
Immunity promoted by the White House is not binding, and a judge will ultimately decide whether to grant him immunity. This did not curb outrage among sectors of the Democratic Party as well as human rights activists. Biden’s “gift” The Saudi royal family has stepped up the crackdown on critical voices, both at home and abroad. A Saudi studying in the United States, 30 years in prison in August. Crime: expressing their anger during a phone call where they announced the arrest of another family member.
Request for State Department to protect MBS before US Justice “completely legitimate» and «not providing a position in the complaint» and reiterated that «the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi is unequivocally condemned». To try to make up for the announcement, the official statement recalled visa restrictions and other penalties imposed by the US on low-ranking Saudi officials following the assassination.
The contributing journalist to the “Washington Post” denounced the persecution of MBS to silence those around him whom he saw as competitors or critics. After he was dismembered, his body was never found. “From the beginning, this administration has expressed serious concern about the responsibility of Saudi agents in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded its speech by placing all the blame on the implementers of the frightening plan.
Biden showing sympathy for MBS in July an official visit to the Arab kingdom, He is trying to persuade Saudi Arabia to roll back cuts it has imposed on oil production. More oil to reduce energy dependence on Moscow Vladimir Putin.
“It’s ironic that Biden allowed MBS to evade responsibility even though the same president promised the American people he would do everything possible to impeach him,” said DAWN director Leah Whitson. Biden argued that there is no precedent in the United States regarding the indictment of allied country leaders, after learning of the US intelligence report pointing to the crown prince’s guilt. Historically, Washington has militarily protected Saudi Arabia in exchange for keeping the global oil market afloat. «This is a surrender to Saudi pressure tactics.” Whitson concluded. Human rights NGOs fear that Biden’s precedent will encourage other authoritarian leaders to commit violations with impunity.
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