WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced sanctions on Thursday against 17 saudis accused of taking part in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident and journalist.
The sanctions only come a few hours after Saudi prosecutors announced that he requested death penalty for five people suspected of killing in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
[Read: The prosecutor said the operation was not ordered from the top and had not been intended to kill the dissident.]
The message from the United States tax department is named Saud al-Qahtani, a senior official near Prince Mohammed, who said he was “part of the planning and implementation of the operation which led to the killing of Khashoggi.” It also said that The murder was coordinated and performed by Maher Mutreb, a subordinate of Qahtani. Mr. Mutreb is also a close covenant of the prince and is found in many photographs and videos taken by the prince and his adherence to global travels.
The message is called 14 other officials as it said participated in the operation, and also named Muhammad Alotaibi, Consulate General in Istanbul at the time of killing
[DemisstänktaiKhashoggisdöd had close relations with Prince Mohammed .]
The sanctions will freeze financial assets of the targets under US jurisdiction and prohibit transactions with individuals. It also prevents them from traveling to the United States. The sanctions are placed under the Global Magnitsky Act, a law of 2016 which requires sanctions against foreigners whose actions outside the United States are so unbelievable that they threaten international stability.
The United States has tried to formulate a way to punish Saudi officials for the crime without breaking relationships with Prince Mohammed or taking action that would lead to his desires.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s grandson and senior Middle East advisors have developed close ties with the prince and
Last week, the United States and Saudi Arabia said that the Saudi-led coalition carrying out a war in Yemen would no longer benefit from support from the United States military for refueling in the Gulf region.
The murder of Mr Khashoggi, a Virginia resident who wrote columns for Washington Post criticized for any Saudi politics, has caused widespread d international outrage and the largest foreign-related crisis for the empire since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.