The Biden administration is under fire for their U-turn over their position role for Saudi Prince, PM Modi is also listed as having immunity
Biden administration under fire for U-turn over its role as Saudi PM. The Biden administration filed a legal brief last week calling for Mohammed bin Salman to be granted sovereign immunity in a civil case involving the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The US point out that the then Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi of doing nothing to end the Gujarat 2002, placing him on a visa ban in 2005.
A US State Department official said in a briefing on Friday that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman just received the same level of protection from prosecution of the barbaric Jamal Khashoggi murder in the US as Prime Minister Narendra Modi does. Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed brutally in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for speaking against his government.
With enough evidence of links of Saudi Crown Prince’s involvement, the US has only furthered the immunity of the Crown Prince and also added Narendra Modi’s name, for being complacent in the Gujarat Riots
He said, “President Aristide in Haiti in 1993, President Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2001, Prime Minister Modi in India in 2014, and President Kabila in the DRC in 2018. This is a consistent practice that we have afforded to heads of state, heads of government, and foreign ministers.”
Accusations that as Gujarat’s chief minister, PM Modi’s government did nothing to put an end to the 2002 riots in Gujarat led to the US placing him on a visa ban in 2005.
The administration of US President Joe Biden revealed that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has legal immunity from prosecution, in connection with the horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
The US administration submitted a declaration of sovereign immunity to a federal court in Washington that is considering the lawsuit filed by Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz aka Khadija Genghis, and the Democracy Organization for the Arab World Now, a human rights organization founded by Jamal Khashoggi.
The Biden administration had said earlier that Khashoggi was killed at the direction of the Saudi crown prince. In a filing released late on Thursday night, the Biden administration said the crown prince’s recent promotion to the role of prime minister meant that he was “the sitting head of government and, accordingly, immune” from the lawsuit.
“The United States government has expressed grave concerns regarding Jamal Khashoggi’s horrific killing and has raised these concerns publicly and with the most senior levels of the Saudi government,” the Department of Justice said in its filing, adding that the US had also imposed financial sanctions and visa restrictions related to the murder.
“However, the doctrine of the head of state immunity is well established in customary international law and has been consistently recognized in longstanding executive branch practice as a status-based determination that does not reflect a judgment on the underlying conduct at issue in the litigation,” it said.
“Jamal died again today,” Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s ex-fiancée, said on Twitter minutes after the news was published.
She later added, “We thought maybe there would be a light of justice from the USA, but then again, money came first. This is a world that Jamal doesn’t know and I don’t!”
Narendra Modi had also been banned from entering the USA due to his inaction as chief minister of Gujarat in stopping the 2002 Gujarat riots, also known as the 2002 Gujarat violence and the Gujarat pogrom.