US Announces Punishment for Saudi Officials Tied to Khashoggi’s Murder

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(MEE) The US has announced plans to penalise 21 Saudi officers it says are liable for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Whereas the US State Division didn’t specify on Tuesday which Saudi residents could be affected by the punitive measures, it mentioned the people could have their US visas revoked or be made ineligible to enter the US.

“These penalties won’t be the final phrase on the matter from the USA,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo instructed reporters.

“We’re making very clear that the USA doesn’t tolerate this sort of ruthless motion to silence Mr Khashoggi, a journalist, by way of violence.”

The overwhelming majority of the 21 people affected have already got US visas, State Division Spokesperson Heather Nauert mentioned.

US President Donald Trump mentioned to reporters on Tuesday: “There ought to have by no means been an execution or a cover-up as a result of it ought to have by no means occurred.

“It was a complete fiasco,” Trump added.

Saudi officers have modified their story repeatedly since Khashoggi disappeared.

For greater than two weeks, the Saudis insisted that the journalist left the constructing minutes after he arrived. Nevertheless, on Friday, Saudi officers mentioned Khashoggi was killed after a struggle broke out contained in the consulate.

Critics of Saudi Arabia have mentioned they imagine the Gulf kingdom is searching for to defend the crown prince from having to take any duty for Khashoggi’s demise.

Over the weekend, Saudi state media reported that King Salman had sacked Saud al-Qahtani, a former prime aide to MBS, and 4 different officers over the killing.

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And whereas a Saudi official instructed Reuters this week that MBS had no data of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s demise and “actually didn’t order a kidnapping or homicide of anyone”, that has left many unconvinced.

World leaders and human rights teams have criticised the most recent Saudi model of occasions, saying their rationalization lacks any credibility, as requires an impartial probe into what occurred have grown louder.

CIA Director Despatched to Turkey

Additionally on Tuesday, US Vice President Mike Pence mentioned CIA Director Gina Haskell has been despatched to Turkey to fulfill with investigators probing Khashoggi’s homicide.

He mentioned Haskell will return to the US to temporary the president, himself and members of the US administration on what the Turkish investigation has turned up.

Final week, a Turkish supply who listened in full to the audio recording instructed Center East Eye that Khashoggi was killed in seven minutes and his physique was dismembered contained in the consulate.

Two weeks in the past, US senators invoked a human rights regulation to name on Trump to formally examine the Khashoggi case and probably decide applicable sanctions towards these concerned.

The Magnitsky Regulation requires the president to behave on requests for investigations by the leaders of the International Affairs Committee.

Pompeo on Tuesday mentioned he’ll work with the US Treasury Division to assessment the applicability of the sanctions triggered by the Magnitsky Regulation on these Saudi people that the US deems performed a job in Khashoggi’s demise.