US hits 17 Saudis with tough sanctions over murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
- Those to be sanctioned include Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The US on Thursday placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The sanctions were declared after Riyadh’s public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence in the case but exculpated the prince.
“The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi. These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Those to be sanctioned include Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi, the source said.
The sanctions will be implemented under the Global Magnitsky Act, which imposes sanctions over human rights abuses, the source said.
Among others facing sanctions are Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, an aide to Qahtani who has appeared in photographs with Prince Mohammed on official visits this year to the United States and Europe.