France imposes sanctions against 18 Saudis Citizens over Jamal Khashoggi murder

International pressure has mounted on Riyadh to find those responsible for the grisly murder of Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for The Washington Post and had been critical of Saudi Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman.

France foreign ministry announced imposed sanctions including travel bans on 18 Saudi Arabia citizens linked to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The foreign ministry did not name the individuals but said in a statement that the move was in coordination with European partners, notably Germany.

Berlin on Monday also banned 18 Saudis and moved to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

These measures… aim to prohibit these individuals from entering national territory and the entire Schengen area” of Europe, the ministry said in a statement.

“They are conservative measures, subject to review or extension based on the findings of the investigation underway,” it said.

A recent CIA analysis leaked to the US media reportedly pointed the finger at Prince Mohammed, though Saudi prosecutors have said he had no role in the killing.

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on 17 people, including close aides of Prince Mohammed, while Germany imposed similar measures on Monday.

Saudi’s deputy public prosecutor said on Nov. 15 that Riyadh was seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects charged with Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

“It (France) recalls its opposition, in all places and in all circumstances, to the death penalty,” the ministry said.

SOURCE:  REUTERS

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