The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration’s response to his killing.
Khashoggi “had at all times championed the U.S.” as “the place you went to problem the established order and converse fact to energy,” Hatice Cengiz stated in an interview with The Washington Submit. “Jamal would have been most disenchanted of all to see the U.S. response.”
Khashoggi was killed after getting into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 3, 2018.
Cengiz was the final particular person to see Khashoggi earlier than he entered the consulate to acquire papers for his or her deliberate marriage.
U.S. and worldwide intelligence businesses have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman licensed the operation.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpNapolitano claims Trump violated separation of powers Three instances in final week Work on shock medical payments goes into overdrive Trump pardons media tycoon, former GOP chief of California State Meeting MORE, nevertheless, has declined to sentence the crown prince, questioning whether or not he was concerned within the killing.
Saudi authorities have introduced investigations of 21 folks linked to Khashoggi’s demise, and prosecutors are looking for the demise penalty for 5 males accused of being instantly concerned.
Khashooggi, a Washington Submit columnist, was a vocal critic of the Saudi regime.
Cengiz was a witness at a Home Overseas Affairs listening to on Thursday, the place she mentioned the hazard of reporting on human rights violations.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Cengiz’s criticism.