OFAC sanctions Saudis implicated in Khashoggi murder

Today, OFAC designated the following Saudi officials: 

ABAHUSSAIN, Mansour Othman M. (a.k.a. ABAHUSEYIN, Mansur Othman M; a.k.a. HUSSEIN, Mansour Othman Aba); DOB 11 Aug 1972; alt. DOB 10 Aug 1972; POB Majmaa, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport S059033 (Saudi Arabia) issued 22 Feb 2016 expires 28 Dec 2020 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALARIFI, Naif Hassan S. (a.k.a. AL-ARIFI, Nayif Hasan Saad); DOB 28 Feb 1986; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport M644150 (Saudi Arabia) issued 15 Jan 2014 expires 22 Nov 2018 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALBALAWI, Fahad Shabib A.; DOB 24 Jan 1985; POB Arar, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport N163990 (Saudi Arabia) issued 24 May 2015 expires 30 Mar 2020 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALBOSTANI, Meshal Saad M. (a.k.a. ALBOST, Meshal Saad M; a.k.a. AL-BOSTANI, Meshal Saad); DOB 27 Mar 1987; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport R339037 (Saudi Arabia) expires 09 Jun 2020 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALHARBI, Thaar Ghaleb T.; DOB 01 Aug 1979; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport P723557 (Saudi Arabia) issued 05 Feb 2015 expires 13 Dec 2019 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALHAWSAWI, Abdulaziz Mohammed M.; DOB 20 Jul 1987; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport P051811 (Saudi Arabia) issued 15 May 2014 expires 23 Mar 2019; National ID No. 1044087474 (Saudi Arabia) (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALMADANI, Mustafa Mohammed M. (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Mustafa); DOB 08 Dec 1961; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Makkah, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport P797794 (Saudi Arabia) issued 16 Mar 2015 expires 20 Jan 2020; National ID No. 1011123229 (Saudi Arabia) (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALOTAIBI, Badr Lafi M. (a.k.a. AL OTAIBI, Badr Lafi M.); DOB 06 Jul 1973; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport P667604 (Saudi Arabia) issued 07 Jan 2015 expires 13 Nov 2019 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALOTAIBI, Khalid Aedh G. (a.k.a. ALTAIBI, Khaled Aedh G); DOB 28 Jun 1988; POB Afif, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport P139681 (Saudi Arabia) issued 27 May 2014 expires 04 Apr 2019; National ID No. 1053629885 (Saudi Arabia) (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
AL-OTAIBI, Mohammad (a.k.a. ALOTAIBI, Mohammed I.); DOB 06 Nov 1964; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALQAHTANI, Saif Saad Q.; DOB 1973; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
AL-QAHTANI, Saud (a.k.a. ALQAHTANI, Saud Abdullah S), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; DOB 07 Jul 1978; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport D079021 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALSEHRI, Turki Muserref M. (a.k.a. ALSEHRI, Turki Musharraf M); DOB 1982; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALSEHRI, Waleed Abdullah M. (a.k.a. ALSHEHRI, Waleed Abdullah M.); DOB 05 Nov 1980; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport R120404 (Saudi Arabia) issued 31 May 2015 expires 06 Apr 2020 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
ALZAHRANI, Mohammed Saad H.; DOB 08 Mar 1988; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport T233763 (Saudi Arabia) issued 16 Jun 2016 expires 23 Apr 2021; National ID No. 1060613203 (Saudi Arabia) (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
MUTREB, Maher Abdulaziz M.; DOB 23 May 1971; POB Makkah, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male; Passport D088677 (Saudi Arabia) issued 16 Aug 2017 expires 23 Jun 2022 (individual) [GLOMAG]. 
 
TUBAIGY, Salah Muhammed A. (a.k.a. AL-TUBAIQI, Salah); DOB 20 Aug 1971; POB Jazan, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG].

under the Global Magnitsky human rights sanctions program for their alleged involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

And the Treasury Department issued the following press release:

Treasury Sanctions 17 Individuals for Their Roles in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

 
November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Saud al-Qahtani, his subordinate Maher Mutreb, Saudi Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi, and 14 other members of an operations team for having a role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.  These individuals are designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, to target perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption. 

“The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi.  These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions.  The United States continues to diligently work to ascertain all of the facts and will hold accountable each of those we find responsible in order to achieve justice for Khashoggi’s fiancée, children, and the family he leaves behind,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  “The Government of Saudi Arabia must take appropriate steps to end any targeting of political dissidents or journalists.”
 

Saud Al-Qahtani is a senior official of the Government of Saudi Arabia who was part of the planning and execution of the operation that led to the killing of Mr. Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, 2018.  This operation was coordinated and executed by his subordinate Maher Mutreb, and involved participation of at least 14 other Saudi government officials:  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; and Turki Alsehri.  The Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Mr. Khashoggi was killed, was overseen by Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi.  All of these individuals are designated for being responsible for, or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged in serious human rights abuse.

As a result of these designations, any property or interests in property of the individuals designated today within or transiting U.S. jurisdiction is blocked.  Additionally, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with blocked persons, including entities 50 percent or more owned by designated persons.

GLOBAL MAGNITSKY

Building upon the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, on December 20, 2017, the President signed E.O. 13818, “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption,” in which the President found that the prevalence of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in part, outside the United States, had reached such scope and gravity that it threatens the stability of international political and economic systems.  Human rights abuse and corruption undermine the values that form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies; have devastating impacts on individuals; weaken democratic institutions; degrade the rule of law; perpetuate violent conflicts; facilitate the activities of dangerous persons; and undermine economic markets.  The United States seeks to impose tangible and significant consequences on those who commit serious human rights abuse or engage in corruption, as well as to protect the financial system of the United States from abuse by these same persons.

To date, 101 individuals and entities have been sanctioned under E.O. 13818.  This is in addition to the numerous human rights or corruption related designations Treasury has issued under various other authorities.  In total, since January of 2017, Treasury has taken action against over 460 individuals and entities engaged in activities related to, or directly involving, human rights abuse and/or corruption.  The Treasury Department has also published advisories to U.S. financial institutions on human rights abuses enabled by corrupt senior foreign political figures and their financial facilitators that can be found here, as well as advisories related to some of the programs listed above, which can be found here.  

This Administration will continue to take action against human rights abuse and corruption-related targets around the globe, including implementing sanctions under Global Magnitsky and other authorities.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

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