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US bars 16 people from entry for their role in Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s murder

US bars 16 people from entry for their role in Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s murder

Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2

The US State Department announced on Monday that it has barred 16 people from entry into the country for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.

The public designations makes the individuals and immediate family members ineligible for entry into the United States, the Associated Press reported.

The list released on Monday includes Saud al-Qahtani, a former aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 when he went there to pick up some documents.

A total of 11 suspects are facing trial in Saudi after being convicted by the public prosecution in the case.

The first hearing took place at the Riyadh criminal court in early January.

The prosecution has demanded the death sentence for five of the detainees for their involvement in the murder.

Read: Khashoggi trial: Hearing begins in Riyadh, prosecution seeks death penalty for five suspects

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