Jamal Khashoggi & # 39; s fiance said she is being & # 39; chased & # 39; by thoughts that the murdered journalist may not be dead because his body was never found.
Hatice Cengiz said she feared Khashoggi had been arrested while waiting for him outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – but & never considered the possibility of a murder & # 39 ;.
She also struck down President Donald Trump for his half-hearted response to the murder and demanded that the US conduct a full investigation into whether the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the murder.
A UN report found last week that Khashoggi – who collected paperwork for the couple's marriage when he died – was killed by a Saudi hit group with government support.
The report said there was & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; was that the prince was behind the murder, but he has denied any involvement.
Haunted: Jamal Khashoggi & fiancée Hatice Cengiz, pictured today in Geneva, said she was & # 39; chased & # 39; by thoughts that the murdered journalist may not be dead
Today in Geneva, Turkish scholar Mrs Cengiz said that she had waited with the growing concern that Khashoggi would rise from the consulate on October 2 last year.
& # 39; At first, I thought something bad might have happened to him, but I never really thought about the end of the photo, & she said.
& # 39; Maybe he was arrested in, maybe they interrogated him. I never considered the possibility of a murder. & # 39;
She said that for months she had clung to the vain hope that Khashoggi might still be alive, because his body – apparently torn apart by the Saudi killers – was not found.
But, she said, she had come to accept the truth: & # 39; he was murdered and massacred & # 39 ;.
The UN report by Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard suggested that the journalist, a crown prince critic, had been drugged with a tranquilizer and suffocated with a plastic bag.
A sound recording of the last moments of Khashoggi apparently reveals how his killers discussed that he cut his body to pieces before he accuses Khashoggi who died in the midst of & # 39; sounds of a struggle & # 39 ;.
Callamard, who heard the tape, said there was & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; was that Prince Mohammed was responsible for the murder.
Murder: Jamal Khashoggi (photo) was killed last year in the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. Riyadh initially denied that he was dead, but later admitted that he had been killed
The proof of the UN expert against the crown prince
In her 99-page report, Callamard explains a number of reasons why the government must support Khashoggi's death:
- The killing happened at an official consulate
- The alleged hit group & # 39; acted under cover of their status as an officer & # 39; to perform the operation
- Their meeting with Khashoggi on October 2 was only possible due to the appearance of government service & # 39;
- Two members of the team used diplomatic passports
- Officials from the Saudi security agency arranged their journey
- The Saudi consul general used his powers to remove witnesses from the building
- Public vehicles were apparently used to transfer the body of Khashoggi
- Nine of the alleged team members flew to Turkey with diplomatic permission.
She then explains why there is & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; is that the operation was linked to the prince himself:
- It was already known that the prince was behind organized and coordinated crackdown against the regime's opponents before the Khashoggi murder.
- Prince Mohammed had an & # 39; essential role & # 39; and the forces of the state could not be used in this way without his consent or resignation.
- Khashoggi was scared & # 39; himself & # 39; for the prince's powers.
- Experts believe it & # 39; unimaginable & # 39; is that an advanced operation such as the Khashoggi murder could have been initiated without Prince Mohammed's knowledge.
- The attempts by the Saudi authorities to destroy evidence could not have taken place without the awareness of the crown prince.
Callamard further explains that the prince can be held responsible as a senior official, even if there is no & # 39; smoking gun & # 39; was that he was killing him.
In the 99-page report, she said that experts found the & # 39; unimaginable & # 39; found that a sophisticated 15-man mission to kill Khashoggi could have happened without Prince Mohammed's knowledge.
Mrs. Cengiz said today that the US, where Khashoggi was based, had to take responsibility for investigating the murder.
She slammed Trump and Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo in front of it in a & # 39; blurry way & # 39; approaching the problem and for choosing lucrative Saudi business relationships over justice.
Trump put down calls for an investigation and insisted that America would do business with the Saudis.
Pompeo apparently did not discuss the murder yesterday during a meeting with the Saudi king.
& # 39; Politically and ethically, the US is the country responsible for an international investigation, & # 39; said Mrs. Cengiz.
& # 39; This US attitude is very dangerous. & # 39;
& # 39; I believe Saudi Arabia must pay for this and be convicted of its actions and suspects. Otherwise we all live in a world where only money talks. & # 39;
Mrs. Cengiz also praised Turkey, which led international pressure on Riyadh about the murder.
Turkey had acted as a flagship in creating awareness regarding the killing of Khashoggi, she said, but added that it was unfair to expect Ankara to take the lead.
& # 39; I think Turkey rightly expects other, more powerful countries to take the lead in this matter, & # 39; she said.
– Familiar American political system –
& # 39; Jamal did not really live in Turkey … He preferred the US because he relied on the political system there. & # 39;
Callamard & # 39; s report said that Khashoggi was met by someone he knew at the Saudi consulate before being taken to the second floor.
There he was arrested by the suspects who acted as if they were carrying out an Interpol order to take him back to Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi protested that there was no case against him and claimed that a driver and his wife were waiting for him outside.
After seeing a towel, he was told that the suspects would treat him with an anesthetic.
Last seen: Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He is pictured entering the consulate that day
There were & # 39; sounds of a struggle & # 39; where the suspects were heard by saying & # 39; keep pushing & # 39; and & # 39; did he sleep? & # 39 ;.
Then there was & # 39; heavy panting & # 39; while Khashoggi & # 39; s body was apparently torn apart.
Riyadh's ever-changing declarations of death led to worldwide suspicions that the prince was behind the operation.
Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of what was happening and insisted for weeks that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive.
After finally acknowledging that Khashoggi had died in the building, Saudi officials then claimed that he had accidentally died during a fight.
The bow changed again, the Saudi & # 39; s then admitted that the journalist had been murdered, accused 11 people but denied that the prince had been involved.
The UN rapporteur Callamard explained her allegations to the prince and said that the operation to kill Khashoggi must be supported by the government.
Suspicion: Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pictured yesterday in Jeddah, has denied any involvement in the killing
Two of the alleged hits had used diplomatic passports and that the meeting at the consulate was only possible because of the appearance of government service, she said.
She particularly discussed the prince and said that there was & # 39; credible evidence that was worth further investigation & # 39; whether he had been involved.
Prince Mohammed had in the past allowed an extensive action against journalists and opponents of the regime, she said, in which & # 39; repeated unlawful acts of torture and physical damage & # 39; were included.
& # 39; Evidence points to the 15-person mission to implement Khashoggi that requires significant government coordination, resources and finances, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Every expert consulted considers it unthinkable that an operation of this size can be carried out without at least the crown prince being aware that a sort of criminal mission directed against Mr Khashoggi is being launched.
& # 39; Then Saudi officials took several steps that were apparently designed to destroy evidence, while at the same time denying Khashoggi's death, until the government was forced to acknowledge the murder.
& # 39; This destruction of evidence could not occur without the awareness of the crown prince. & # 39;
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