US Department State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday announced that 21 Saudi Arabians suspected in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will have their visas revoked or deemed ineligible for a visa to gain admittance into the US.
During a briefing, Pompeo said that the suspect list includes officials from the intelligence services, the royal court, the Foreign Ministry and other Saudi ministries.
Pompeo is also considering imposing additional penalties against those involved in the death of Khashoggi, such as Global Magnitsky sanctions. Regardless of what penalties are imposed, Pompeo assures that the US “will continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable.”
Earlier this week UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye urged all member states to launch an independent investigation into the “evident murder” of Khashoggi. According to Kaye, in order to establish a credible account into what happened an independent body needs to be formed. Otherwise, “the facts will constantly be disputed.” Kaye expressed his concern regarding the “rise in pressure on ‘journalists”, which is exemplified by the death of Khashoggi, as it is “emblematic of a broad kind of attack on freedom of information and journalistic reporting.”