16 Saudis, families banned from entering US over Khashoggi’s murder

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The State Department of United States has today publicly designated sixteen Saudi citizens for their alleged involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last October.

As per the press statement issued by the US State department, all sixteen individuals and their immediate family members have been banned to enter into United States.

In the light of the list released by US yesterday, it includes names of Saud al-Qahtani, a former aide to the crown prince, Maher Mutreb, who was part of the crown prince’s entourage on several foreign trips, Waleed Al Sehri, Khalid Alotaibi, Mustafa AlMadani etc.

It is pertinent to mention here that all these names had been made public and this recent decision of designation had made it explicit to the entire family members too that they will also face travel ban  to United States.

It must be mentioned here that the Saudi authorities have categorically denied the involvement of its crown prince in the brutal killing of Khashoggi.

US State department had made these designations in accordance with the Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2019 (Section 7031(c)), said press statement.

Moreover, Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

Khashoggi, a columnist in Washington Post and was a permanent U.S. resident was a vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.