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Judge tosses Jamal Khashoggi suit against MBS after Biden gives prince immunity: court docs

Added 12-06-22 07:18:03pm EST - “A federal judge in the nation's capital agreed to toss a civil lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of writer Jamal Khashoogi.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Judge tosses Jamal Khashoggi suit against MBS after Biden gives prince immunity: court docs”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A federal judge in the nation’s capital agreed to toss a civil lawsuit against Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi after the Biden administration said he should be granted head-of-state immunity.

Judge John Bates wrote in an opinion filed Tuesday that the suit – brought by Khashoogi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz and pro-democracy group DAWN – “must be dismissed at this time,” despite a request by the plaintiffs’ attorneys that the judge challenge the Biden decision.

“As the branch of government primarily responsible for international affairs and diplomacy, the Executive Branch may be hindered or embarrassed should the judiciary second-guess its foreign immunity decisions,” Bates wrote. 

“Despite the Court’s uneasiness, then, with both the circumstances of bin Salman’s appointment and the credible allegations of his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder, the United States has informed the Court that he is immune, and bin Salman is therefore ‘entitled to head of state immunity . . . while he remains in office’,” Bates continued.

“Accordingly, the claims against bin Salman will be dismissed based on head-of-state immunity,” he added. 

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