President Joe Biden is aware of the US State Department’s recommendation to grant Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman immunity in a lawsuit against him, said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the White House National Security Council.
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 18th Nov, 2022) President Joe Biden is aware of the US State Department’s recommendation to grant Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman immunity in a lawsuit against him, White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said. on Friday.
“The president is aware of this legal process and this legal decision. I want to emphasize that this was a decision by the State Department and a request they made to the Justice Department,” Kirby said during a news conference.
The State Department ruled that bin Salman, who also serves as Saudi Arabia’s prime minister, should be granted legal immunity in a lawsuit brought against him by the fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The final decision on whether to grant immunity will be made by Judge John Bates, who asked the US government to submit a declaration of interest on the applicability of immunity to heads of state, among other issues.
The State Department noted that the recommendation did not include a view on the merits of the lawsuit and reiterated its condemnation of Khashoggi’s murder.
Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in October 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was lured to complete the paperwork for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish citizen. US intelligence has claimed that bin Salman authorized the operation to kill Khashoggi.