Connected to Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and a distinguished Saudi critic who died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, wrote…
Connected to Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and a distinguished Saudi critic who died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, wrote a tribute to him on Twitter.
“They took your bodily presence from my world, but your beautiful laughter will remain in my soul forever. My love #jkhashoggi,” Hatice Cengiz tweeted Saturday night.
Cengiz attached a video of Khashoggi during an interview for a television documentary. During the movie a cat jumped on Khashoggi’s knee and caused the journalist to burst into laughter.
“You should leave this in the movie,” he tells the camera.
Cengiz, a Turkish citizen, last seen her brother-in-law after joining the consulate on October 2 to retrieve documents for his upcoming wedding.
Cengiz says she waited for Khashoggi outside the consulate for about 1
1 hours but he never came out. She was told he called Turan Kislakci, director of the Turkish Arab Media Association, if he did not leave the embassy, CNN reported.
Cengiz has been active on Twitter and has repeatedly called on world leaders to pack their investigations and reveal details about Khashoggi.
Cengiz has been suspended under 24-hour police protection, according to Turkish government agency Anadolu.
The order was made by the Istanbul Governor’s Office, but did not indicate what led to the decision to increase her safety details.
Saudi Arabia acknowledged Saturday that Khashoggi had died inside its Turkish consulate, but claimed that the 59-year-old was killed in a “fistfight” escalating. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on Sunday denied that the nation’s powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the journalist’s death and repeated allegations that a “villain operation” was responsible.
But officials are skeptical of Saudi’s explanation for the death of Khashoggi. Turkish officials have repeatedly claimed allegations that Khashoggi was brutally tortured and dismissed by what appeared to be a 15-person fatal blow that fled from Saudi Arabia.
US President Donald Trump said he was unhappy with Saudi Arabia’s latest response, but said breaking a $ 110 billion violence deal with Saudi Arabia would hurt the US “far more than hurt them”.
“Apparently there has been fraud, and there have been lies,” he said during an interview with Washington Post on Saturday. US officials have repeatedly urged Trump to order an investigation and trigger any Magnitsky sanctions against those involved in Khashoggi disappearance.
Currently, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are continuing their investigation of the event before Trump or the United States Senate decides to recover.