The United States has imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The US Treasury Department declared the sanctions on Thursday after Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence in the case but exonerated bin Salman, also known as MBS.
“These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions,” US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.
The sanctions were the first concrete response by the administration of President Donald Trump to Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2.
Among those sanctioned were Saud al-Qahtani, who has been removed from his position as a top aide to MBS, as well as the Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi and…