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Missing Saudi journalist's fiancee asks for Trump's help

AFP  |  Washington 

The fiancee of missing Saudi has asked to help uncover what happened to the who she said had "been fighting for his principles".

Hatice Cengiz made the appeal on Tuesday in an opinion piece for newspaper, where was a of some of Riyadh's policies.

A veteran journalist, disappeared on October 2 after entering in Istanbul to arrange paperwork for his wedding to Cengiz, a Turk.

Government sources in said police believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, claims which dismissed as "baseless".

Cengiz wrote that she was "confident in the abilities of officials." "At this time, I implore Trump and to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance," she said.

"I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially Salman and Crown Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate," Cengiz wrote.

Trump on Monday expressed concern about Khashoggi's case and called for a thorough investigation.

were also looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped, reported.

has said Khashoggi left the consulate after his visit.

Although Khashoggi knew that his opinions had angered certain people, he entered the consulate "without doubting he would be safe there," his fiancee wrote, but after three hours of waiting "fear and concern" overcame her.

Khashoggi had fled his homeland in September last year and had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he had applied for US citizenship, Cengiz said.

A former advisor, Khashoggi has been openly critical of Mohammed, accusing him of introducing a new era of "fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming." Cengiz wrote she remains confident that the "great man" is still alive, "although my hope slowly fades away each passing day.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 09:40 IST