Hatice Cengiz is urging the European Parliament to put pressure on the Saudi government over her fiance’s murder.
By Mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – In an unprecedented move, the European Parliament held a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, February 19, to hear victims of abuses recount their testimonies, including the fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
In a plea to the European Parliament, Hatice Cengiz said that government officials should make Khashoggi’s murder their number one priority over economic interests.
Cengiz urged the EU Parliament to come down hard on Saudi Arabia, which admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Turkey.
In her visit to the Parliament, Khashoggi’s 37-year-old Turkish fiancee said in a press release that she was there “not only as the fiancee of Jamal but also for the values he fought for, values he wanted for the people in his own country, the people of the Arab world.”
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident and a Washington Post contributor who was trenchantly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had reportedly been made at the order of the crown prince, US senators confirmed following CIA Director Gina Haspel’s briefing on the case.
Cengiz stated that those involved in the murder of Khashoggi have yet to be brought to justice.
“Up until now, nothing has been done to those implicated in this crime,” she said. “Hasn’t the moment come? I ask this question as a simple human being.”
She added that “anybody could fall victim of this system.”
“We will not let Saudi Arabia get away with Khashoggi’s murder,” Antonio Panzeri, an MEP and chairman of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, stated in a press release.
A year before Khashoggi was killed, MBS threatened to shoot him if he could not be returned to Saudi Arabia forcibly, according to accounts of senior American and international officials familiar with US intelligence on the crown prince’s phone calls and written communications.