US to pull visas of Saudis involved in Khashoggi death

Officials work for a variety of Saudi offices, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US to pull visas of Saudis involved in Khashoggi death

The U.S. is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials who have been implicated in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday. 

The officials work for a variety of Saudi offices, including the royal court, the intelligence services, the foreign ministry and other Saudi ministries, but Pompeo did not specify which individuals would be affected possibly because visa records are confidential. 

The move marks Washington's first punitive measure against Riyadh following Khashoggi's death.

Addressing reporters, the top diplomat said the state and treasury departments are working to review "the applicability" of a U.S. law intended to punish human rights abusers. 

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