Interview: Khashoggi fiancee: ‘Saudi Arabia can get away with whatever it wants’


Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Jamal Khashoggi

Hatice Cengiz tells Guardian world has failed to punish kingdom over journalist’s murder in Turkey

@skirchy Email
Tue 4 Feb 2020



Hatice Cengiz said if anything now happened to her, the world would be responsible. Photograph: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi has said the world has failed to hold Saudi Arabia to account over the journalist’s murder and the kingdom is being “encouraged to do whatever it wants”.

Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish scholar and activist, said the lack of meaningful global sanctions against Saudi Arabia more than a year after Khashoggi’s brutal killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, had sent a message that the kingdom “can do what it wants, and then get away with it”.

“Because these people were not punished for what they have done, and because the world has chosen to just move on, they can still do what they want,” she said.

Cengiz spoke to the Guardian in Washington, where she is to attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as a guest of the Democratic congressman Gerry Connolly, who has called for a halt in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the possible closure of Saudi diplomatic facilities in the US.

In the wide-ranging interview, the 37-year-old spoke of her life since 2 October 2018, when Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, who had entered the Saudi consulate to retrieve documents he needed for their marriage, failed to emerge, leaving her waiting outside.

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2 replies

  1. Oil power is greater than political power.— Saudi is smarter to play with Oil power.
    Every nation’s leader is buzy with his problem, he ignore other problem , human right problem etc

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