Washington: The United States (US) on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their alleged involvement in the murder case of Washington Post columnist and Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The 17 Saudi officials include top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The US sanctions are the first in the Jamal Khashoggi murder case. Also Read - Indian Businessman Donates Entire Building For Coronavirus Quarantine in Dubai
The US sanctions were announced after Riyadh’s public prosecutor announced that five Saudi officials may face a death sentence in the murder case. Saudi prosecutors said on Thursday that they have pleaded for the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate building in Istanbul in early October. Also Read - Watch: Saudi Doctor Returns Home, Breaks Down in Tears After Stopping Son From Hugging Him
After the US sanctions were announced, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the sanctions were imposed on the individuals for their alleged involvement in the journalist’s murder and “must face consequences of their actions”. The US said that 15 of the Saudi officials travelled to Turkey to carry out the murder. Also Read - G-20 Countries to Inject $5 Trillion Into Global Economy to Combat COVID-19: Report
With the imposition of the sanctions, the US froze all assets for the 17 Saudi officials and no US persons will now involve in any business with them. A state department official said that the US will continue its investigation and it will not stop after the sanctions.
59-year-old Khashoggi, who wrote for Washington Post and other international media, was killed on October 2 following “a fight and a quarrel” at the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey. He had gone there to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. He was allegedly tied up and injected with an overdose of a sedative that killed him. His body was later chopped up and given to a local collaborator.