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UK to stop suspects in Khashoggi death entering UK

British Prime Minister Theresa May [Arno Mikkor/Flickr]
Former British Prime Minister Theresa May [Arno Mikkor/Flickr]

Britain will prevent all suspects in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi from entering the country, Prime Minister Theresa May said, adding she would speak to Saudi Arabia's King Salman later today.

"There does remain an urgent need to establish exactly what has happened in relation to this … I myself expect to speak to King Salman later today," May told parliament.

"The Home Secretary is taking action against all suspects to prevent them from entering the UK, and if these individuals currently have visas, those visas will be revoked today."

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The move comes after the US announced yesterday that it is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials who have been implicated in the slaying of Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

"The United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence," Pompeo said.

The State Department later confirmed that a total of 21 suspects would be affected by visa revocations.

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