Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Khashoggi's Fiancee Says Saudi Authorities Know Location of Journalist's Body

Khashoggi's Fiancee Says Saudi Authorities Know Location of Journalist's Body

Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée has held the Saudi authorities responsible for his recent murder in Istanbul, slamming the U.S. president for paving the way for Riyadh to cover up the crime.

Riyadh initially insisted that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but as pressure grew, Saudi state media changed the story and said Khashoggi died when an argument descended into a brawl.

The Saudi journalist was killed in the Kingdom's embassy in Istanbul on 2 October.

In particular, the incident has raised questions about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a target of Khashoggi's criticism, knew in advance about the gruesome plot.

"We need to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

Asked Monday what action the USA has taken nearly four weeks after Khashoggi's disappearance, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that "the administration is considering what action we'll take moving forward" after Haspel gathered more intelligence and briefed the president.

Asked if she held Crown Prince Mohammed or the Saudi royal family responsible, she said: "I and my government would like all those responsible, from the person who gave this order to those who carried it out, to be brought to justice and punished under worldwide law".

Cengiz said she had not been contacted by Prince Mohammed or the Saudi royal family, nor offered any condolences by them.

"If Khashoggi did, in fact, have proof that Saudi Arabia was deliberately misusing phosphorous for this goal, it would be highly embarrassing for the regime and provides the nearest motive yet as to why Riyadh may have acted when they did against him", he said.

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Sources have told MEE that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a hit squad of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul to kill him.

Saudi authorities have arrested 18 men over the murder and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has requested they be extradited for trial in Turkey.

"President Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served", Ms Cengiz said through a translator.

He clarified later that the murder and cover-up should have never happened.

Cengiz had tough words for both Saudi Arabia and the United States. "If only I knew that there were bloodthirsty, evil people waiting inside the consulate for my Jamal, I would have done all I could to prevent him from entering". "And we're doing that - starting by revoking the visas of 21 Saudi officials and discussing sanctions", said U.S. Sen.

Speaking in central London, she said the West is considered a stronghold of human rights and democracy so it should stand up to the killers of her husband-to-be. "Let's not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values", she told a memorial in London for the slain Washington Post columnist. But the decision to marry in Istanbul, whose mosques reminded Khashoggi of his hometown Medina, set off a paper chase that ultimately ended in death.

Turkish law required that Mr. Khashoggi, who was divorced, provide proof that he did not have a wife and thus his trip to the consulate.

They are accused of murdering Mr Khashoggi in the Turkish capital's Saudi consulate by "premeditation, monstrous intent or by torture", according to the prosecutor's office.

"I found myself in a darkness I can not express", she said on Friday. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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