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France imposes sanctions against 18 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

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WION Web Team Paris, France Nov 22, 2018, 10.29 PM (IST)

The French foreign ministry said Thursday that it would impose sanctions against 18 Saudi citizens over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

"These measures... aim to prohibit these individuals from entering national territory and the entire Schengen area" of Europe, the ministry said in a statement.

Khashoggi, a US resident and Saudi citizen, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, killed and dismembered, according to Turkish prosecutors.

After lengthy denials, Saudi authorities admitted responsibility and said 21 people had been taken into custody. 

However, a CIA analysis leaked to the US media went further, reportedly pointing the finger at the crown prince.

Earlier the United States had imposed economic sanctions against seventeen Saudi officials for their role in the killing of the Saudi journalist.

(With inputs from AFP)

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"These measures... aim to prohibit these individuals from entering national territory and the entire Schengen area" of Europe, the French foreign ministry said in a statement.