The Biden administration has acquitted Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the case of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The ex-fiancé of the slain journalist immediately condemned the incident. News from Reuters.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered after he was killed by Saudi agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. US intelligence said the operation was ordered by Mohammed bin Salman.

Minutes after Yuvraj’s acquittal was announced, Khashoggi’s ex-fiancée Hatties Cengiz tweeted: ‘Jamal is dead again today. We thought maybe a glimmer of justice would come from the USA but once again money prevailed.’

The Saudi government’s communications office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

A spokesman for the Saudi consulate in Washington could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.

A White House National Security Council spokesman said in a written statement, ‘This is a statement by the State Department under long-standing and well-established principles of customary international law. It has nothing to do with the case.

The spokesperson referred further questions to the state and judicial departments.

“The doctrine of head of state immunity is well established in customary international law,” Justice Department attorneys wrote in a document filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Justice Department lawyers said the executive branch of the U.S. government, citing the Biden administration, determined that the defendant, bin Salman, is entitled to immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts as a sitting head of a foreign government.

In late September, Saudi King Salman appointed Crown Prince Mohammed as prime minister in a royal decree.

“There is no doubt that the Crown Prince is entitled to status-based immunity under royal rules,” Salman’s lawyers said in a petition filed Oct. 3 in federal district court in Washington asking the case to be dismissed.

(18 November)