In a statement, Hatice Cengiz demanded that “the crown prince, who ordered the brutal murder of an innocent person, be punished without delay”. This statement follows the publication of a report on the murder of the Saudi journalist.
The Turkish fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assassinated at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, called on March 1, 2021 to “punish without delay” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after the publication of an American report accusing him of ‘have validated his murder.
“It is imperative that the Crown Prince, who ordered the brutal murder of an innocent person, be punished without delay,” Hatice Cengiz said in a statement.
“This could not only do justice for Jamal, but also prevent similar acts from being committed in the future,” she added.
No Washington Sanctions Against MBS
On February 26, the United States released an intelligence report estimating that the Saudi Crown Prince, nicknamed “MBS”, had “validated” an operation to “capture or kill” Khashoggi. Washington, however, did not announce a sanction against the heir to the Saudi throne.
“I welcome the publication of the American report. The truth, which was already known, has been reaffirmed and is now final. But this is not enough, because the truth only has meaning if it serves the achievement of justice, ”said Hatice Cengiz.
“If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever send a signal that the main culprit can kill with impunity,” she said. “Governments around the world, starting with the Biden administration, must ask themselves whether they are ready to shake hands with someone whose guilt […] was attested, without having been punished, ”she continued.
Critic of Saudi power after being close to it, Jamal Khashoggi, resident in the United States and columnist for the daily Washington post, was assassinated on October 2, 2018 in his country’s consulate in Istanbul by a commando of agents from Saudi Arabia.
After denying the assassination, Riyadh ended up saying that it had been committed by Saudi agents who acted alone. After an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudis were sentenced to death and three others to prison terms. The death sentences have since been commuted.
This affair has tarnished the image of the crown prince, quickly named by Turkish officials as the sponsor of the murder despite Saudi denials.
Turkey had not yet reacted on the morning of March 1 to the publication of the American report.