U.S. targets 17 Saudis with sanctions over Khashoggi’s murder

PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 16, 2018.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 16, 2018.

The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 17 Saudi officials for their alleged involvement in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 17 people on the list whose assets will be frozen and who will be banned from doing business with Americans include the alleged 15-man hit squad, the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, and a senior adviser to the crown prince.

The Saudis have charged at least 11 of the men.

After at first denying the killing then calling it an accident, the Saudis now say the team killed Khashoggi with an overdose of tranquilizer without authorization from their superiors.

Saudi Arabia on Thursday threatened the death penalty against five of the defendants.

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