Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee demands punishment for Saudi prince Bin Salman over his killing

The fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, has called for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to be “punished without delay” over his killing.

Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 and his body was dismembered.

The 59-year-old journalist, a former adviser to the Saudi government and close to the royal family, but he fell out of favour and went into self-imposed exile in the US in 2017.

From there, he wrote a monthly column in the Washington Post in which he criticised the policies of Prince Mohammed.

Last week, 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.

Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee, has now reacted to the report asking for the prosecution of the prince.

“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.

“This will not only bring the justice we have been seeking…. but it could also prevent similar acts recurring,” Hatice Cengiz said in a statement.

“If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever… endanger us all and be a stain on our humanity,” she added.

Ms Cengiz, a Turkish academic researcher, said world leaders should distance themselves from the crown prince and impose punishments such as sanctions on Saudi Arabia.

“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.

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