The Premier League are currently considering whether to let the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, buy an 80% stake in the Tyneside club.
On Monday evening Raab published a list of 44 people – 20 of them Saudi – who he said had “committed the gravest human rights violations.”
Fifteen were officers involved in the “unlawful killing of Jamaal Khashoggi” and some worked in the Crown Prince’s office.
And they included Saud Abdullah Al Qahtani a “former advisor to the Crown Prince in the royal court”.
He is said by the UK government to be a “senior official who planned and directed the killing using a 15 man team.”
Khashoggi’s widow Hatice Cengiz has lobbied the Premier League to block the takeover saying it would be a “stain” on the league.
Qahtani was also quoted in a World Trade Organisation report published a fortnight ago because his tweets promoted Saudi piracy of the Premier League.
The crackdown on so many Saudis will be noted by the Premier League who have spent 14 weeks considering whether to let Saudi state cash fund a takeover of Newcastle, brokered by Amanda Staveley.
Deliberations have focused on the piracy of their broadcast rights which the Saudi state deny involvement in, but were found to have done nothing to stop.
Qahtani, a senior advisor to the Crown Prince, once tweeted: “The alternative solutions are coming soon and they are going to be free or for a low price. #blocking_Qatari_beINSport”
The Saudis, who have to pass an honesty test as part of the takeover, deny involvement in piracy or that the murder of Khashoggi was ordered from the top.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said he was introducing a sanctions regime that will target people involved in serious crimes around the world.
Premier League chief exec Richard Masters, whose lawyers were denied access to the Saudi courts to pursue piracy, has promised Toon fans a verdict on the takeover “shortly.”
Masters told MPs last week that the government had not put any pressure on the Premier League to pass or reject the takeover proposal.