The administration of US President Joe Biden has asked a US judge for a 60-day extension to assess whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sovereign immunity in the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The US Department of Justice submitted paperwork to the district court. A “decision making process,” according to the department, has already started.

According to the submission, “The United States is carefully reviewing the Court’s investigation, but the process for doing so includes consultation among numerous Executive Branch agencies with respect to complex questions of international and domestic law.”

The court granted the US government’s request. The request was made just days after Biden returned from Saudi Arabia, where he met with the crown prince and other leaders.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who was critical of the Saudi regime and of Mohammed bin Salman, was assassinated in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to an unclassified report from the US government, the crown prince personally ordered the murder. The Saudi de facto ruler denies it.

( News Source WION)

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