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White House criticized for not directly sanctioning Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman for role in Khashoggi murder

Added 03-04-21 05:04:02pm EST - “Biden said "there will be an announcement on Monday" related to the sanctions on Saudi Arabia in response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “White House criticized for not directly sanctioning Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman for role in Khashoggi murder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration is facing criticism over its decision to thus far not directly punish Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite the declassification of an intelligence report which clearly implicated the prince for the brutal murder of a Washington Post journalist.

Detractors have equated the White House's response as effectively the same as that of the Trump administration, with then-President Donald Trump seeming to defend bin Salman, known by his initials: MBS.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post living in the United States, was entrapped and killed in a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

The State Department has issued 76 visa restrictions on Saudi nationals who Secretary of State Antony Blinken said are "believed to have been engaged in threatening dissidents overseas, including but not limited to the Khashoggi killing."

Yet, Prince Mohammed himself is not set to face any repercussions for the attack, which enraged observers around the world and raised questions about the civil liberties of nationals in exile, press freedom and the very nature of the Saudi state.

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