U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis for role in Khashoggi killing

The United States imposed sanction on 17 Saudis, including members of the royal court and government ministries, for their role in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The measures were taken under the Global Magnitsky Act, empowering the United States to take significant steps to protect and promote human rights and combat corruption around the world, Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a briefing to reporters in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

“The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” Nauert said. “We will continue to consult Congress and work with other nations to hold accountable those who were involved in his killing.”

Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 in a crime that caused an outcry across the globe. Turkish officials and the media have suggested that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the killing.

Nauert said she welcomed Saudi Arabia’s investigation and subsequent detention of suspects, but said more needed to be done, both in Saudi Arabia, and through an ongoing investigation in Turkey.

“It is important that those steps continue to be taken toward full accountability. We will continue to work diligently to ascertain the facts,” she said.