Thursday, 29 October 2020 | 14:45 WIB

Khashoggi’s Fiance Has a Shocking Statement about His Death

Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi and his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz

ISTAMBUL, NNC -- Jamal Khashoggi's fiance, Hatice Cengiz, said that Khashoggi never thought that the Saudis would interrogate and arrest him at the Consulate, in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018 because Khashoggi was treated well when he first visited the embassy on September 28, 2018.

Hatice Cengiz's statement was revealed during a television interview with Haberturk, where she also said that Khashoggi did not want to go to the consulate on October 2, 2018.

"He (Khashoggi-ed) did not think Saudi authorities would interrogate him or arrest him in Turkey, despite his concerns about possible tensions during his consulate visit in Istanbul," Cengiz said.

Cengiz said he (Jamal Khashoggi) was treated "well" when he first visited the embassy on September 28, 2018, which reinforced the Turkish version of the incident which claimed the Khashoggi killers persuaded him to visit the consulate.

Reported from the Middle East Monitor, Cengiz said that the Saudi’s mission in Washington did not direct Khashoggi to Istanbul, despite a leak by the US press, and said that Saudi Ambassador to Washington, Khalid Bin Salman - brother of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman - met Khashoggi in Washington before the murder.

Khalid Bin Salman was summoned by Washington immediately after the news of Khashoggi's death and has not returned to his post.

Over the past two weeks, Saudi-funded media has launched a fierce campaign against Cengiz, accusing her of working for extremist organizations, having "psychological disturbances" and sometimes making fun of her appearance.

The Saudi media also interferes in Cengiz's private life in the midst of huge contradictions in their information, first describing her as the daughter of an advisor to Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then "demeaning" her as belonging to the "Turkish lower class".

Hatice Cengiz's name came hours after Khashoggi's disappearance at the Saudi consulate - which he entered to get marriage documents - while she waited for him outside. Through her Twitter account and her contacts with various media, she contributed to international media acceptance of Khashoggi's murder.

US President Donald Trump yesterday invited Cengiz to visit the White House and expressed his condolences for the death of her fiancee, but Trump's invitation was rejected.