The U.S. Department of State filing recognized Mohammed bin Salman’s sovereign immunity in the lawsuit brought by the fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, stemming from his killing in 2018.
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The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a U.S. intelligence report on Feb. 26 that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report dates to Feb. 11, 2021 but was declassified by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines on Feb. 25, 2021.
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the late-journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) have jointly filed a lawsuit against several Saudi Arabian government officials—including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs filed the suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) and the Alien Tort Statue (ATS).
In September 2017, in his first column for the Washington Post, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi described the repression in his home country as “unbearable” and called out Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for creating an environment of “fear” and “intimidation.” A year later, Khashoggi was murdered by a Saudi hit squad.