U.S. slaps sanctions on Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing

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By Mohammed Muslemany and Saphora Smith

CAIRO — The U.S. on Thursday announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

The news followed Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor recommending the death penalty for five suspects in the murder of the former regime insider who became a critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The U.S. sanctions fall under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that allows the government to target perpetrators of human rights violations with sanctions, and will block any property or interests in property the individuals have within or transiting U.S. jurisdictions.

Among those sanctioned are Saud al-Qahtani, who as a senior Saudi government official went on record saying he never acts without the direct approval of Prince Mohammed; Maher Mutreb, al-Qahtani’s subordinate and Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi.

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