BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The US Trump administration has issued sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals for their alleged role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, announced US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert from Washington DC on Thursday.
“The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts. We will continue to consult Congress and work with other nations to hold accountable those who are involved in this killing”, Nauert stated.
The sanctions will be implemented under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which targets those who have committed serious human rights abuses or acts of corruption.
The move comes hours after Saudi Arabia announced it will seek the death penalty against five suspects for the murder of the Washington Post contributor.
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