The ripple effect from the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has continued to linger with Saudi authorities detaining 18 people and dismissing five senior government officials.
The development is coming after sources in Turkey revealed that15 Saudi intelligence operatives flew to Istanbul on two private jets hours before Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered.
In a related development, France has imposed a travel ban on 18 Saudi citizens linked to the murder of Khashoggi.
France’s foreign ministry did not name the individuals but in a statement released on Thursday, it said the move was in coordination with European partners, notably Germany.
“The murder of Mr Khashoggi is a crime of extreme gravity, which moreover goes against freedom of the press and the most fundamental rights,” the ministry said in a statement.
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