Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

Canada1.jpgCanada has imposed targeted sanctions (asset freezes and travel bans) against 17 Saudi nationals, pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), for being “responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of Jamal Khashoggi that took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018”. See Press Release for the list of individuals sanctioned.

Earlier this month, the US sanctioned the same 17 Saudi nationals under its Global Magnitsky Laws (Executive Order 13818) for “serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi” (see previous blog).

France sanctions 18 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

france flagEarlier this week, France imposed autonomous sanctions on 18 Saudi Arabian nationals “in connection with the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi”. The measures comprise Schengen-wide travel bans.

The Press Release states that France is considering with its EU partners the possibility of adopting a new sanctions regime to target serious violations of human rights.

Germany halts all arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing

Germany - Saudi ArabiaLast month, Germany announced that it will not be approving any new arms exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi committed in the Saudi Consulate General, Istanbul (see previous blog).

Yesterday (19 November), Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, announced that there will now be a complete ban on all arms sales to Saudi Arabia (including exports that had already been approved by the German government). Furthermore, that Germany has initiated proceedings to impose travel bans on 18 Saudi Arabian nationals allegedly linked to the killing.

Last week (15 November), the US added 17 Saudi Arabian individuals to its Global Magnitsky sanctions list (Executive Order 13818) over “serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi” (see previous blog).

OFAC adds 17 people to Global Magnitsky sanctions over Jamal Khashoggi killing

US Treasury Building2Yesterday, OFAC added 17 Saudi Arabian individuals to the US Global Magnitsky sanctions list (Executive Order 13818) for “serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi” at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October 2018 (US asset freezes and travel bans imposed). See OFAC Notice, US Treasury press release, and Department of State press release.

The 17 individuals: Saud al-Qahtani; Maher Mutreb; Salah Tubaigy; Meshal Albostani; Naif Alarifi; Mohammed Alzahrani; Mansour Abahussain; Khalid Alotaibi; Abdulaziz Alhawsawi; Waleed Alsehri; Thaar Alharbi; Fahad Albalawi; Badr Alotaibi; Mustafa Almadani; Saif Alqahtani; Turki Alsehri; and Mohammed Alotaibi.

USA & Gulf States sanction Taliban facilitators & Iranian supporters

Terrorist.jpgToday, the 7-member nations* of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) sanctioned 8 individuals “associated with the Taliban, including those facilitating Iranian support to bolster the terrorist group”.

OFAC designated the following as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, pursuant to Executive Order 13224 (asset freezes imposed): Mohammad Ebrahim Owhadi; Esma’il Razavi; Abdullah Samad Faroqui; Mohammad Daoud Muzzamil; Abdul Rahim Manan; Abdul Aziz; Sadr Ibrahim; and Hafiz Abdul Majid.

TFTC member states also designated Naim Barich for “managing the Taliban’s relationship with Iran”. The US previously designated Naim Barich under the US Kingpin Act in November 2012. See OFAC Notice and US Treasury press release.

*(1) Bahrain; (2) Kuwait; (3) Oman; (4) Qatar; (5) Saudi Arabia; (6) UAE; and (7) USA

Germany suspends arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Germany - Saudi Arabia.jpgGermany has announced that, until further notice, it will not be approving new arms exports to Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi committed within the premises of the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul. Germany has also urged other EU member states to follow suit. See Joint Statement from France, Germany, and the UK.

The EU will vote later this week on a parliamentary resolution on Mr Khashoggi’s killing, including whether targeted sanctions and an EU arms embargo ought to be imposed on Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia sanctions Canada over human rights criticism

Canada - Saudi Arabia.jpgLast week (2 August 2018), Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted her support for, and called for the release of, a prominent Saudi Arabian human rights activist, Samar Badawi, who was recently detained by the Gulf state (she has family links in Canada). In response to Ms Freeland’s remarks, Saudi Arabia has:

  • Begun selling its Canadian assets;
  • Expelled the Canadian Ambassador Dennis Horak (see Canadian response);
  • Frozen new trade and investment with Canada;
  • Suspended a student exchange programme to Canada;
  • Suspended all flights by state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines to Canada;
  • Suspended all medical treatment programmes in Canada, and will be transferring all Saudi Arabian patients out of the country.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that new investment in Canada would continue to be on hold until the crisis had been resolved, but added that existing trade and investment would not be affected.