30 Sep 2019

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee on his murder: ‘Those in Saudi Arabia who carried this out should not be able to escape’

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi a year ago this week was the most depraved attack on a journalist in modern times. 

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi a year ago this week was the most depraved attack on a journalist in modern times.

Tonight his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, tells Jonathan Rugman about her anguished wait for him outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – what she calls “the most hopeless moments of my life” – and about her lonely campaign for justice.

“I want them to have some backbone and impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia,” she says of the European Union. “Those who carried this out should not be able to escape. It is crystal clear.”

She wants an international criminal investigation – but though the Saudi Crown Prince says he takes “full responsibility”, he’s denied any involvement in the crime.