Togo, nicknamed MBS, is accused of ordering the assassination of a Saudi confidant turned critic at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish fiancée of the slain journalist, has filed a civil lawsuit against the leader of Saudi Arabia.

This immunity granted by the Joe Biden government is justified by the status “head of government in office” occupied by a Saudi prince. He was effectively appointed prime minister by royal decree at the end of September. However, heads of state and other high-ranking foreign officials can exercise this immunity in US courts. The US government had until Thursday to express its opinion on this issue, if it chooses to express it.