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Don't pave way for cover-up: Khashoggi's fiancee to Trump


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Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of deceased Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi called upon US President Donald Trump to "not pave the way for a cover-up" of the senior scribe's "murder".
"I am deeply grateful for the solidarity of people all over the world. I am, however, disappointed in the actions of the leadership in many countries, particularly in the US," Cengiz said during a memorial in London on Monday.
"President Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served. He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiance's murder. Let's not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values," she further said, according to CNN.
Cengiz also questioned the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and voiced her wish to bury his body. She further described Khashoggi as a "martyr" for the "struggle for democracy".
"He is a martyr for the struggle for democracy and freedom in our part of the world. I want to bury the body of my beloved Jamal -- my martyr -- surrounded by the prayers of his friends and loved ones. I want to know: Where is his body?" she asked.
She also put forth her belief that the Saudi regime knows where Khashoggi's body is. "I believe that the Saudi regime knows where his body is ... I want justice to be served. Not only for those who murdered my beloved Jamal, but for those who organized it and gave the order for it," she remarked.
"There should be no cover-up. Jamal was my beloved fiancee, but he was also a gentle human being, a loving man, a journalist and a true believer in democracy and freedom in the Arab world," Khashoggi's fiancee said while calling for justice for the late The Washington Post columnist.
She also beseeched the international community to come together in holding the "perpetrators and their masters to account," while adding that she wanted "the role of the political leadership in this brutal killing to be brought to light."
A senior journalist, Khashoggi, went missing on October 2, after stepping into Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to collect documents that would allow him to get married to Cengiz.
Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate for Khashoggi, raised an alarm after he failed to re-emerge from the Saudi consulate.
The Saudi authorities later confirmed that Khashoggi died inside the consular premises during a clash. However, Turkey claimed that the journalist was brutally tortured and killed inside Saudi consulate.

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First Published: Oct 30 2018 | 8:20 AM IST

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