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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Introduces S. 231

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a bill seeking to reprimand and punish Saudi Arabia for having intervened to extradite Saudi nationals before facing charges due to alleged wrongdoing while in the United States.

According to the bill Saudi Arabia supposedly covered legal fees and posted bail for Saudi nationals, (including one allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run in 2016) before returning them to Saudi Arabia. Among other stipulations, the bill would require further investigation from American officials, while also imposing diplomatic consequences on Saudi officials involved in the extraditions. The bill is cosponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).