Hatice Cengiz, who was set to marry the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, called on world leaders to take action against the crown prince.
The fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to be “punished without delay” over his killing.
Ms. Cengiz, a Turkish academic researcher, made a plea that world leaders distance themselves from the crown prince and impose punishments such as sanctions on Saudi Arabia.
She is 39 years old.
Jamal Khashoggi Murder
Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian journalist, who was known for his criticism of the Saudi authorities, went to the consulate in October 2018 in order to obtain papers allowing him to marry Ms. Cengiz.
Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 and his body was dismembered.
He had allegedly received assurances from the crown prince’s brother, Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was ambassador to the US at the time, that it would be safe to visit the consulate. Prince Khalid has denied any communication with the journalist.
According to Saudi prosecutors, Khashoggi was forcibly restrained after a struggle and injected with a large amount of a drug, resulting in an overdose that led to his death.
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His body was then dismembered and handed over to a local “collaborator” outside the consulate, prosecutors said. The remains were never found.
Grim details were revealed in transcripts of purported audio recordings of the killing obtained by Turkish intelligence.
It comes after a US intelligence report found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved Khashoggi’s murder.
Saudi Arabia has rejected the report.
Crown Prince Mohammed, who is effectively the kingdom’s ruler, has denied any role in the murder.
Hatice Cengiz Statement
“It is essential that the crown prince, who ordered the brutal murder of a blameless and innocent person, should be punished without delay,” Ms. Cengiz said on Monday.
“If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever… endanger us all and be a stain on our humanity,” she added.
“Starting with the Biden Administration, it is vital for all world leaders to ask themselves if they are prepared to shake hands with [Prince Mohammed],” she said.
“I urge everyone to put their hands on their hearts and campaign to punish the crown prince,” Ms. Cengiz added.