The fiancee of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday said the political legitimacy received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visits to other countries doesn’t change the fact that he is a “soldier”. homicidal”.
A US intelligence report released last year said Crown Prince Mohammed approved the operation to kill or capture Khashoggi in October 2018. The Saudi government has denied any Thai involvement. death and refute the report’s findings.
The prince begins his regional tour on Tuesday with a visit to Egypt and is expected to meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday.
It is Crown Prince Mohammed’s first trip outside the Gulf since the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee, said on Twitter: “His visit to our country does not change the fact that he is responsible for a murder. Legitimacy. The politics he earns through visits to another country every day doesn’t change the fact that he’s a murderer.”
She added: “Jamal is not my story anymore, this fight for justice is not just my own fight. It’s the fight of every free and thinking person. There are no ties. no diplomatic relationship can legitimize this injustice and injustice.”
Relations between Ankara and Riyadh took a turn for the worse after a Saudi raid killed and dismembered Khashoggi in Istanbul. Erdogan at the time blamed the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.
But a Turkish court has ruled to turn over the Turkish case on the murder to Saudi Arabia. Turkey denies the transfer is political. Read the full story.
Weeks after the case was turned over, Erdogan held face-to-face talks with the prince in Saudi Arabia in April after a month-long effort to mend relations.
In 2020, Saudi Arabia jailed eight people between seven and 20 years for the murder of Khashoggi. None of the convicts were named.
(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Alison Williams)