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UK Drafting Saudi Sanctions List after Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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UK officials have begun drawing up a list of Saudi security and government officials who could potentially come under sanctions pending the outcome of investigations into the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source close to both Riyadh and London told The Independent.

The list being drawn up by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office could be used in case the UK decides to invoke the "Magnitsky amendment," passed this year, which allows Britain to impose sanctions on foreign officials accused of human rights violations, or to apply restrictions on Saudi trade and travel in coordination with the European Union.

Mr Khashoggi is believed to have visited the Istanbul consulate at least twice before 2 October, with sources telling The Independent that Mr Khashoggi’s appointment was likely pushed back until that date. One Turkish official told The Independent that the audio and video recordings show that Mr Khashoggi was assaulted and killed soon after entering the consulate.


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