0440 GMT November 30, 2022
Now, with the announcement of the U.S. judiciary on granting immunity to Mohammed bin Salman in the case of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist critical of the Saudi government, the truth behind the appointment has been further exposed.
Jamal Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, and according to media reports, his body was dismembered. This heinous murder caused public uproar and drew public attention worldwide to Mohammed bin Salman. On September 25, 2019, in an interview with American national radio PBS, bin Salman accepted full responsibility for the murder, but he claimed that it was committed without his knowledge.
A civil action brought in the U.S. by Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of slain columnist Khashoggi and the NGO group "Democracy Now for the Arab World".
Pursuing complaints against the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has been a nightmare for Riyadh and Mohammed bin Salman for the past four years. Bin Salman's worries increased when Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, during his election campaign and after winning the election, seriously criticized the violation of human rights in Saudi Arabia and promised to ensure accountability for the murder of Khashoggi. Especially after the secret report of U.S. intelligence services clearly revealed the role of bin Salman in assassination of Khashoggi.
On July 24, however, Biden, during a trip to Saudi Arabia, withdrew all his human rights claims against Saudi Arabia and in response to reporters' questions about Khashoggi's murder, he said that he had raised this issue in a meeting with bin Salman and that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has denied a role in the assassination and assured that he has punished those who were behind the murder.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that "Joe Biden's administration has come to the conclusion that Mohammed bin Salman has legal immunity from prosecution in the case of Jamal Khashoggi's murder." “This is a legal determination made by the State Department under longstanding and well-established principles of customary international law," a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said in a written statement. "It has nothing to do with the merits of the case."
But perhaps the main reason for U.S. retreat from pursuing this case can be better understood in the Twitter message of Cengiz, who said that "money was more effective."
"Jamal died again today," Cengiz said on Twitter minutes after the news became public.
She added later: "We thought maybe there would be a light to justice from #USA But again, money came first. This is a world that Jamal doesn't know about and me..!"