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Khashoggi's fiancee asks US to lead probe into murder

IANS  |  Washington 

The fiancee of has asked the US to lead an international investigation into the murder of last October inside the in

"Jamal's killing was a violation of the most basic, universal human right: the right to live," said in written testimony on Thursday to a US congressional panel.

"What happened to him is part of a global pattern of journalists and those who speak and write freely being killed. Escaping abroad in search of safe harbor is no longer a guarantee of protection."

Cengiz, a Turkish citizen, used her appearance before the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on human rights to urge lawmakers to press for an international probe of Khashoggi's October 2, 2018, killing, reports news.

Once part of the Saudi establishment, became estranged from the government in as a result of his criticism of and had been living in self-imposed exile in the US since 2017 at the time of his visit to the consulate in to obtain documents he needed to marry Cengiz.

Making her first visit to the US since Khashoggi's murder, Cengiz also called for sanctions against while reproaching both and for failing to hold accountable.

"In the first days after the event, Trump invited me to the In those days I thought US values would help solve this. In the early days Trump said this would be so. Ms. Pelosi talked about how unacceptable this was, but eight months later nothing has been done and that is why I'm here today," Cengiz said, speaking through an

It took the weeks to acknowledge that died inside the consulate in and Riyadh's initial account said that he was killed in a fight.

Revelations by the ultimately forced the Kingdom to admit that Khashoggi was murdered and his body cut up.

While Saudi prosecutors have charged a dozen government officials for the murder, the Kingdom continues to insist that the had not had any prior knowledge of the operation in Istanbul, whose original aim was to bring Khashoggi back to

"We still don't know why they killed him. We don't know where is body is," Cengiz told lawmakers.

"If someone had told me seven months ago I would come here without Jamal, to ask about justice for him, I would not believe it," she said. "I still can't understand the world hasn't done anything about this."

The has been unwilling to blame the for Khashoggi's death.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 08:44 IST