Khashoggi’s fiance says “the world has not done anything yet” about his death

Jamal Khashoggi
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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Khadija Genghis, the fiancé of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in a Saudi consulate in Turkey last year, said on Thursday she could not believe no one had serious consequences for the crime so far.

“I can not understand that the world has not done anything about it yet,” Genghis told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaking in Turkish through an interpreter.

“I still can not understand it,” she said in a passionate testimony to a session on global press freedom and the dangers of human rights coverage. I can not understand yet.”

Genghis was the last person to see Khashoggi, who had a residency in the United States and writes for The Washington Post, before entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain papers for their upcoming marriage.

Khashoggi did not come out of the consulate building, where he was killed by a team of 15 Saudi men and cut off his body, sparking international outrage. Khashoggi was well-informed at the Royal Court before becoming a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“We still do not know why he was killed,” Genghis said. We do not know where his body is.”

It called for sanctions against Saudi Arabia and urged Washington to press for the release of political prisoners held in the kingdom.

Genghis said she had come to Washington hoping to help spark a stronger reaction to her fiancé’s death. She said President Donald Trump had invited her to the White House months ago, but she did not come because she was not sure of his response.

“I think we choose between two things … Either we continue as if nothing has happened … or we can move aside all the interests, whether international or political, and focus on the values ​​of a better life.”

The White House has yet to respond to a request for comment. Trump has already resisted sanctions against Saudi Arabia, which is an important partner in the Middle East and a counterbalance to Iran.

Genghis appealed for justice in Khashoggi’s death, calling the United States a “bastion” to protect freedom of thought and human rights.

“I think it is a test for the United States … it can and must pass it,” she said.

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