Khashoggi killing: U.S. to revoke visas of Saudi officials

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference at the US Department of State (Photo credits: AP)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference at the US Department of State (Photo credits: AP)

Following the mysterious death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the US has decided to take action against Saudi officials

Story Highlights

• Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. is “taking appropriate actions” against Saudi Arabia

• Actions include revoking visas and entering visa lookouts

• Saudi government has detained 18 Saudi suspects

 

The United States has announced to revoke visas of Saudi officials allegedly involved in the “killing” of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mike Pompeo made the announcement during a press conference just moments after President Trump called the slaying “one of the worst cover-ups.”

“These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States,” Pompeo said. “We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence.”

Khashoggi, a former royal family insider turned critic of the Saudi crown prince, disappeared after he entered the consulate on October 2 to collect a document for his upcoming marriage.

The Saudi government said on Friday that it has detained 18 Saudi nationals responsible for killing Khashoggi inside the Istanbul consulate.