ISTANBUL — The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday stated she didn’t settle for an invite from U.S. President Donald Trump to go to the White Home as a result of she thought it was geared toward influencing public opinion in his personal favor.
In her first tv interview for the reason that killing, Hatice Cengiz recounted the occasions main as much as their go to to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 the place Khashoggi handed her his two cell phones and went inside whereas she waited outdoors for him to emerge.
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Khashoggi, a Washington Publish columnist and a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after coming into the consulate to acquire paperwork crucial for his upcoming marriage to Cengiz, a Turkish nationwide. After weeks of denying information of whereabouts, and altering its story a lot of occasions, Riyadh has stated his killing was premeditated.
“Trump invited me to america however I perceived it as a press release to win public favour,” Cengiz informed broadcaster Haberturk, pausing at occasions throughout an interview and greater than as soon as breaking down in tears.
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Trump and Prince Mohammed have cultivated heat ties although the U.S. president stated earlier this week that the crown prince, as the dominion’s de facto ruler, bore final accountability for the operation towards Khashoggi. Trump additionally stated Riyadh had staged the “worst cover-up ever” over the killing.
Cengiz stated Khashoggi was involved tensions would come up when he visited the consulate for the primary time on Sept. 28, however he was handled properly at that go to, which appeared to reassure him, she stated.
“I do know he had questions in thoughts about whether or not one thing untoward might really occur on the consulate,” she informed Haberturk.
He later assumed he wouldn’t finally be arrested or harmed in Turkey, she stated.
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“His native community in Turkey was excellent as you already know, his political community as properly,” Cengiz stated. “He thought Turkey is a secure nation and if he can be held or interrogated, this difficulty can be swiftly solved.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to reveal who ordered Khashoggi’s homicide, in addition to the placement of his physique, heightening worldwide stress on the dominion to return clear on the case.