Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Khashoggi fiancée hits at Trump response, warns of 'money' influence

Khashoggi fiancée hits at Trump response, warns of 'money' influence

Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is seen during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, on October 29, 2018.

In an interview with Turkish television station Haber Turk, the Saudi columnist's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said, "The statements Trump made in the first days around his invite and the statements he made afterward opposed each other". Some of those implicated in the killing are close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir-apparent whose condemnation of the killing has failed to ease suspicions that he was involved.

Beyond the detention of the 18 suspects, five Saudi intelligence chiefs have been sacked, including two who were part of the crown prince's inner circle.

Khashoggi's death inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate has brought near unprecedented global scrutiny on Saudi Arabia, which is seeking to draw a line under the crisis as Western powers demand answers.

Saudi authorities denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the garden of the consulate, but did allow them to take water samples for analysis, local media reported.

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

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

Also on Monday, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump's administration is considering possible actions in response to the killing.

The US relies heavily on Saudi Arabia to counter Iran's influence in the region and to defend the security of Israel.

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However the affair has tarnished the image of the crown prince, the de facto leader of the oil-rich Gulf nation, who has positioned himself as a Saudi reformer.

At a memorial service Monday night in London, Cengiz said she never imagined such barbarity was awaiting Khashoggi inside the consulate.

"Turkey, with the evidence that they have compiled, will ensure that there is more than one review of what is going on here", Mattis 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", she said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who Ms. Cengiz praised, has urged Riyadh to disclose who ordered the murder and prosecutors have prepared an extradition request for 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia. "I want to know the details of who is responsible".

Cengiz met Khashoggi in May at a conference in Istanbul and their relationship blossomed.

Çavuşoğlu said the Saudi top prosecutor has also admitted that the murder was premeditated. 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.

He said Turkey is in "intense" efforts to reveal all the names behind the incident, while adding that the "body of Khashoggi couldn't be reached yet".

"I believe the Saudi regime knows where his body is", she told the audience at the service, sponsored by the Middle East Monitor and Al Sharq Forum.

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