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Khashoggi's Fiance: Washington 'Hasn't Done Enough' To Bring Killers To Justice

Khashoggi's Fiance: Washington 'Hasn't Done Enough' To Bring Killers To Justice

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Francisco Seco/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 June 2019 05:57 PM

Washington “hasn’t done enough” to bring the killers of slain journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi to justice — and the time has come to “speak up,” his fiancé says.

In an opinion piece posted in the New York Times Wednesday, Hatice Cengiz wrote that the loss of Khashoggi, who lived in Washington, D.C., is “deep” not only for her, but for members of Congress too.

“But Washington hasn’t done enough to bring Jamal’s killers to justice,” she wrote. “His loss was still fresh in the minds of the Democrats and Republicans I met. Individually, they all expressed their sympathies, spoke to me about how perhaps some progress might be made in the days ahead.”

“Yet I sensed that they also felt embarrassed: No solid action has been taken yet,” she said.

Cengiz lamented that “Washington has chosen not to use its strong ties and leverage with Riyadh to get the Saudis to reveal the truth about Jamal’s murder and to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

“If Jamal and his principles have any humanitarian and moral worth, this is the time to speak up,” she wrote.

“To support the struggle for democracy in the Arab world, isn’t it crucial to speak up against his violent death? If people of virtue don’t stand up today for a man who defended such values and fought to advance them in his country, then who else is going to do it?” 

Saudi Arabia has denied any allegations that the royal court was involved in the murder, and arrested 18 Saudi suspects and fired five top government officials. 

But President Donald Trump has declined to condemn the crown prince and contradicted intelligence officials by questioning whether he was involved in the killing.

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Washington "hasn't done enough" to bring the killers of slain journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi to justice - and the time has come to "speak up," his fiancé says.
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