Khashoggi’s Bride Says Saudi Crown Prince Should Be Punished | Jamal Khashoggi News
Hatice Cengiz demands that the crown prince be punished “without delay” for his role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi calls for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be punished after a US intelligence report revealed that the kingdom’s de facto ruler played a role in the journalist’s murder in 2018.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who criticized Saudi policies under bin Salman, was killed and dismembered by a strike team at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“It is essential that the Crown Prince… be punished without delay,” Hatice Cengiz said on Twitter.
“If the crown prince is not punished, it will signal forever that the main culprit can get away with a murder that will endanger us all and be a stain on our humanity.”
Friday’s U.S. intelligence report revealed that the prince, popularly known as MBS, approved the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. The administration of former US President Donald Trump had retained the long-awaited report.
The report also cited “MBS’s support for violent measures aimed at silencing dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi” among the factors on which the assessment was based.
“Since 2017, the Crown Prince has exercised absolute control over the Kingdom’s security and intelligence organizations, making it highly unlikely that Saudi officials carried out an operation of this nature without the permission of the Crown Prince,” the report said. .
The four-page report names 21 people who participated in or were complicit in Khashoggi’s murder.
Washington has imposed sanctions on some of those involved, but not on Prince Mohammed himself.
The Saudi government, which has denied any involvement by the crown prince, has rejected the report’s findings.
The administration of US President Joe Biden on Friday imposed a visa ban on some Saudi officials suspected of being involved in Khashoggi’s murder and imposed sanctions on others that would freeze their US assets and generally prevent Americans from trading. with them.
Asked about criticism from Washington for not directly sanctioning MBS, Biden said an announcement would be made on Monday but did not provide details, while a White House official suggested that no new measures were taken. was expected.
Last month, the United States ended its support for Saudi Arabia’s devastating war in Yemen as part of the new Biden administration’s efforts to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its human rights abuses.
In his first appeal since becoming president, Biden spoke last week with Saudi King Salman, in which he “affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and ‘Rule of law’.
“Starting with the Biden administration, it is vital that all world leaders consider whether they are ready to shake the hand of someone whose guilt as a murderer has been proven,” said Cengiz, who campaigned for justice for his murder. fiance.
The Saudi government, which initially said it had no information about Khashoggi, later accepted responsibility for the murder but said it was a rogue operation that did not involve the prince.
Cengiz said that “following this report, there is no longer any political legitimacy for the Crown Prince”.
“The truth – which was already known – has been revealed once more, and it is now confirmed.”
But she said the US report did not go far enough.
“Yet that is not enough,” she warned, “for truth can only be meaningful when it serves the righteousness that is obtained.”