Malinowski Introduces Bill Punishing Those Responsible for Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi
Washington DC – Today, Congressman Malinowski introduced the Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019, a bill that punishes those responsible for the brutal assassination of United States resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which took place six months ago today.
United States and international officials have concluded that senior members of the Saudi royal family were complicit in ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. However, the administration has not been willing to make a determination of complicity under the Global Magnitsky Act, as required by Congress.
The bill requires the Director of National Intelligence to provide Congress a list of individuals determined to be responsible for the crime and permanently deny their entry to the United States. The bill provides for a revocation of the visa ban if Saudi Arabia meets several human rights conditions, including the release of unjustly detained journalists and civil society activists, the repeal of restrictions on travel by women, and full cooperation with international investigations into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
“The Saudi government has claimed, contrary to all evidence, that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a rogue operation, not directed by the country’s leaders. If all we do is sanction the rogues, we will reinforce their cover story. This bill ensures that the authors of the crime will be held accountable. It tells the Saudi government that no relationship and no leader is important enough for the United States to tolerate the murder of those who have sought safety on our soil,” said Malinowski.
In response to questioning by Representative Malinowski during his appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary Pompeo testified that “We are continuing to develop the fact set using all the tools that we have at our disposal. As we identify individuals who we can hold accountable for the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi, we will do so.” This bill ensures just that.
Read the text of the bill here.