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US bars entry of 16 Saudi Nationals over Jamal Khashoggi killing

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 9 2019 1:32PM
US bars entry of 16 Saudi Nationals over Jamal Khashoggi killing
Washington, Apr 09 (HS): The US State Department has barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as the administration of President Donald Trump has faced pressure from Congress over its response to the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, which sparked unprecedented international scrutiny of the kingdom''s human rights record. A statement by the State Department listed the individuals and said that they had been designated under under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2019. The section in question “provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States. The law requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.” The State Department previously revoked the visas of nearly two dozen Saudi officials and froze the assets of 17 others.Some US lawmakers have publicly stated that they suspect the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly responsible for the killing, based on the CIA''s conclusions. The State Department previously revoked the visas of nearly two dozen Saudi officials and froze the assets of 17 others. Hindusthan Samachar/Radha/Ram \
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