U.S Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are asking the Biden administration to take action against the government of Saudi Arabia for its suspected role in whisking its citizens out of the United States to escape criminal prosecution, renewing their years-long effort that the president’s predecessor rebuffed.
“We urge you to do what the Trump administration would not: impose consequences on the Saudis for their indefensible behavior,” the Oregon Democrats wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a letter dated Wednesday.
“President Biden has stated his intent to take a harder line with Saudi Arabia and taking action against the Kingdom for their subversion of the rule of law would be a good way to demonstrate that.”
Wyden and Merkley’s continued push comes in response to a 2019 investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive that found more than two dozen cases in which Saudi students studying in the U.S. vanished while facing manslaughter, sex crimes and other felony charges.
— to www.oregonlive.com