The appointment of Mohammed bin Salman al Saud as president of the Council of Ministers may put an end to several legal proceedings against him, including the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says his lawyer.
The lawyer for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, who is facing a lawsuit in the US for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, told a court on Monday that the crown prince’s appointment as prime minister, last week, grants him legal immunity, reports Bloomberg.
The appointment of Bin Salman as head of government “leaves no doubt that the crown prince is entitled to immunity based on status,” his attorney, Michael Kellogg, said in a petition asking the US District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss the case against the Saudi leader’s son.
The appointment came amid the legal dispute in the Khashoggi case over whether the crown prince should have immunity and therefore not face prosecution. The hearing of the US Department of Justice was to present its deliberation regarding the defendant’s immunity. However, “in light of these changing circumstances”, the Department obtained a 45-day extension to prepare your answer to the Court.
Mohammed bin Salman al Saud and 20 other Saudis are accused of the murder of columnist and critic of the Saudi government, Jamal Khashoggi, which took place in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), an organization founded by Khashoggi.