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From immunity to impunity: the lawsuit against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

For a country that has made human rights the glossy cover of its foreign policy rhetoric, this was not a good look.

  • Binoy Kampmark
  • Pearls and Irritations

The Biden administration’s decision to grant Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman immunity from a civil lawsuit filed by the fiancé of murdered Saudi journalist and a human rights organisation simply stank.The smelliness of it all is evident by a number of events: the alleged decision by the Crown Prince to order the execution of the dissident journalist in October 2018 by a bone-sawing hit squad in the grounds of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul; the persistent refusal to accept responsibility for the action by those in Riyadh, notably the…

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