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U.S. sanctions 17 in Khashoggi case; Saudi officials charge 11

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From United Press International

U.S. sanctions 17 in Khashoggi case; Saudi officials charge 11

Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Treasury sanctioned 17 Saudi individuals Thursday for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, just hours after prosecutors in Riyadh indicted nearly a dozen suspects.

Among those targeted by the U.S. sanctions is senior government official Saud Al-Qahtani.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said Al-Qahtani was part of the plot to kill Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last month. The Treasury said Al-Qahtani's subordinate Maher Mutreb was involved.

Other Saudi officials named in the sanctions are Salah Tubaigy; Meshal Albostani; Naif Alarifi; Mohammed Alzahrani; Mansour Abahussain; Khalid Alotaibi; Abdulaziz Alhawsawi; Waleed Alsehri; Thaar Alharbi; Fahad Albalawi; Badr Alotaibi; Mustafa Almadani; Saif Alqahtani and Turki Alsehri.

COMMENT:-

Just to keep everyone up to date, the Saudis have now come out with another, new and improved, story about what happened.

However, not to worry, there WILL be charges, and there WILL be trials, and there WILL be guilty verdicts, and there WILL be death sentences imposed, and there WILL be reports that the sentences have been carried out. That, of course, leaves only two minor points to be resolved:


  1. "Were the people who were convicted actually guilty?"; and
  2. "Were the reports that the executions were carried out actually true?".


Quite frankly, I'd be rather reluctant to bet my lunch money that the answer to the first question is "Yes." and, if it was, I'd still be reluctant to bet my lunch money that the answer to the second question is "Yes.".
 
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