Sarah Leah Watson added, in an interview with CNN, on Friday, that the granting of immunity to the Saudi crown prince in the case brought against him by Khadija Genghis, (fiancé) of the journalist in the “Washington Post”, Jamal Khashoggi indicates “the green light to continue what he did.”
CNN has reached out to Saudi authorities for comment, with no response at time of writing.
And the human rights official explained, “What we are doing by granting this privilege to Mohammed bin Salman, by immunizing him from accountability, is giving him the green light to continue with that … He continued to attack people in the United States as he was doing because they criticize him, and they continue to imprison women and men in prison.” Saudi Arabia because they have a say in the country’s politics, and they continue to subject Yemen to a blockade where millions of people are starving, as a result of this foolish war that he started.”
Watson, the director of the Washington-based organization, which was funded by Khashoggi, described the request for immunity as a “shocking development” by the President of the United States, who promised the American people and the whole world that he would hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but instead of Two years later, he intervened in a judicial proceeding, which he says he should not have interfered with, and instead of saying that the Saudi crown prince is immune from prosecution, preventing his trial is a very appalling development.
And the US Department of Justice stated, in a court document, today, Thursday, that the administration of US President Joe Biden concluded that the Saudi crown prince has legal immunity from prosecution in a case filed against him in the case of the murder of Khashoggi in 2018.
Hatice Cengiz initially filed the lawsuit against bin Salman and 28 others in October 2020 in the Federal District Court in Washington, DC.
The lawsuit alleged that the team “kidnapped, bound, drugged, tortured and assassinated” Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then dismembered his body, and his remains were not found.