US Treasury Department Takes Action Against Saudis Involved in Khashoggi Murder

After several weeks of international outrage, Saudi Arabian officials finally admitted that when reporter Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that he was intentionally murdered.

Many liberals and conservatives in America have called for the Trump administration to take action against Saudi Arabia to punish them for Khashoggi’s murder.

Many called for the Trump administration to stop a huge arms sale to Saudi Arabia, not realizing that it would cost many Americans their jobs.

In the wake of calls for punishment and accountability, the US Treasury Department announced that they were placing stiff sanctions of 17 Saudi Arabian officials involved in the murder.

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Fox News – Treasury slaps sanctions on Saudi officials over death of Jamal Khashoggi – The Treasury Department announced Thursday it is slapping sanctions on 17 Saudi government officials over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is sanctioning Saud Al-Qahtani, a senior official of the Saudi government who it says was part of the planning and execution of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death, as well as other government officials who it says were involved in the plot.

“The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi. “These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions,” Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States continues to diligently work to ascertain all of the facts and will hold accountable each of those we find responsible in order to achieve justice for Khashoggi’s fiancée, children, and the family he leaves behind,” …

The actions taken by Mnuchin are not only meant to punish the Saudis involved in Khashoggi’s death, but to send a message to other Saudi’s not to engage in any more targeting of political dissidents.

The sanctions not only ban any travel to the United States, but it freezes all property and financial interests the Saudi individuals have here in the US.

It was also announced that the Saudi government has arrested around 20-21 people in connection with the death of Khashoggi.

The charges in Saudi Arabia could result in death sentences if they are found guilty.



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