US Treasury announcing Thursday, sanctions on 17 Saudis for their role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It's the first concrete response from the Trump administration to his death last month. And marks a department from the stance of the White House early on, when President Trump seemed reluctant to jeopardize the relationship with Saudi Arabia.
>> Saudi Arabia's been a great ally, they've been a tremendous investor in the United States.>> Those to be sanction include a former top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the Saudi Counsel General. The sanctions will be implemented under the Global Magnitsky Act, which imposes sanctions over human rights abuses.
This comes the same day Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor's office, said they'll seek the death penalty for 5 out of 11 suspects charged with Khashoggi's murder. Adding that the journalist was killed after a struggle by lethal injection, and his body dismembered and taken out of the building. Turkey's Foreign Minister responded saying, more needed to be done.
> I personally want to say that I don't find some comments satisfying. They say this person was killed because he refused to return to his country, but as we had mentioned before this murder was premeditaded. The necessary equipment and people were previously brought in to kill and later dismember him.
>> Turkey's president has said the killing was ordered at the highest level. The Saudis maintained that Prince Salman was not involved.