District of Columbia U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist.
The court decision came after the Biden administration in November declared that the high office held by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince should shield him from lawsuits for his lawsuit in killing Khashoggi. The administration said the crown prince’s official standing should give him immunity in the lawsuit filed by the fiancée of the slain journalist that the U.S. intelligence community previously concluded that the prince gave an approval for the killing.
The move by Biden’s administration angered human rights activists and many U.S. lawmakers
A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday heeded the U.S. government’s and dismissed the lawsuit against the crown price despite what the U.S. Federal judge called a “credible allegations of his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.”