Ger­many to bar 18 Saudis over Khashoggi mur­der

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Ger­many will bar 18 Saudis from en­ter­ing its ter­ri­tory and Eu­rope’s Schen­gen pass­port-free zone over their al­leged links to the mur­der of Ja­mal Khashoggi, For­eign Min­is­ter Heiko Maas said Mon­day.

Maas said the move was “co­or­di­nated very closely with” France and Britain and the broader EU as they seek more in­for­ma­tion in Khashoggi’s death last month in the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.

Ber­lin has “de­cided that Ger­many should im­pose an en­try ban on 18 Saudi cit­i­zens, who are pre­sumed to be in con­nec­tion with this deed, in the Schen­gen in­for­ma­tion sys­tem,” Maas told re­porters.

“We are in close co­or­di­na­tion on this is­sue within the EU,” he said, speak­ing on the side­lines of a meet­ing of EU min­is­ters in Brus­sels.

“Over the week­end, we stated that we ex­pected fur­ther steps to be taken to clar­ify the sit­u­a­tion. We will fol­low on this closely and re­serve fur­ther steps for our­selves.”

The Schen­gen zone is com­posed of 22 EU na­tions and four non-EU coun­tries. EU mem­ber Britain is not part of the pass­port-free Schen­gen zone, but shares in­tel­li­gence through Shen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem for law en­force­ment pur­poses.

Ger­many called last month for EU coun­tries to fol­low its lead and sus­pend arms sales for the mo­ment to Saudi Ara­bia, prompt­ing a dis­mis­sive re­sponse from French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

France is the king­dom’s sec­ond big­gest cus­tomer after In­dia.

Khashoggi, a colum­nist for The Washington Post who was crit­i­cal of Saudi crown prince Mo­hamed bin Sal­man, was killed after go­ing to the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul to re­trieve doc­u­ments nec­es­sary to marry his Turk­ish fi­ancee.

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