US bars 16 Saudis over Jamal Khashoggi murder

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Washington: The US State Department has barred entry of 16 Saudi nationals to the country for their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Worthwhile to mention that the dissident writer Khashoggi was killed and dismembered on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was named as “responsible” for the murder by the US Senate.

A statement by the State Department listed the 16 individuals responsible for the act in this connection. They were designated under the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for such offense.

The State Department had earlier revoked the visas of nearly two dozen Saudi officials and frozen the assets of 17 others.

A trial of 11 suspects opened earlier this year in Saudi Arabia. But much of the case remains shrouded, including the precise role of Prince Mohammed.

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