The British government has begun gathering a list of Saudi officials who could potentially come under sanctions over the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, UK media report.
The list being drawn up by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office could be used in case the UK decides to invoke the “Magnitsky amendment,” passed this year, a source close to both Riyadh and London told The Independent newspaper.
The source, a former government adviser, said they were briefed by a UK intelligence official and others. “Initially this was a position-paper scenario but now it is definitely being looked at as a real possibility.”
The so-called Magnitsky amendment allows Britain to impose sanctions on foreign officials accused of human rights violations, or to apply restrictions on Saudi trade and travel in coordination with the European Union.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also warned Thursday that Saudi Arabia would face…