November 19, 2018 / 11:13 AM / 24 days ago

Germany gives European entry ban to 18 Khashoggi killing suspects

BERLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate, effectively banning them from entering the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone.

A spokesman for Germany’s foreign ministry said the members of the 15-strong squad accused of carrying out the killing and a further three who are suspected of organising it had been given entry bans. He declined to name the individuals.

“In recent days, we have coordinated closely with our French and British friends and decided, as Germany, to put an entry ban beside their names in the Schengen system database,” the spokesman told a regular news conference.

Asked if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accused by United States intelligence of having ordered the killing, was among their number, the spokesman declined to comment.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Riham Alkousaa Editing by Michelle Martin

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