The Turkish fiancee of the Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Turkey in October 2018, filed a complaint Tuesday in Washington against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other suspects in the case.
Khashoggi, an opinion columnist for the “Washington Post” and a critic of the Saudi regime, was assassinated after he was close to him, and his body was cut off at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he was going to obtain documents. His remains were never found.
His fiancée, Khadija Genghis, considers that employees of the Saudi embassy in Washington “lured her fiancé” to the Saudi consulate in Turkey through a ruse (that) Turkey is the only place where he can obtain the document he needs.
The complaint submitted to a federal court in the US capital adds that “this wrong and fatal trend occurred in the United States and was part of a wider conspiracy that was supposed to have a direct impact on Khashoggi’s political activities in the United States.”
The complaint, in which an opposition organization established by Khashoggi, is “Democracy for the Arab World Now,” was involved, especially the crown prince and “many members of his close circle,” including the former advisor at the royal court, Saud Al-Qahtani, and the deputy chief of intelligence, Ahmed Al-Asiri.
A court in Istanbul launched prosecutions against the officials, whom the Turkish investigators deemed to be the masterminds of the crime.
Khadija Genghis asserts that she “lost love, comfort, moral support and affection,” with the murder of Khashoggi, with whom she had contracted while awaiting the conclusion of their civil marriage.
The clerk’s fiancé seeks damages, the value of which is supposed to be determined by the court.
The Khashoggi murder plunged Saudi Arabia into one of its worst diplomatic crises and tarnished the reputation of the Saudi crown prince, who was accused by Turkish and US officials as the one who ordered the execution of the crime.
After denying its involvement in the assassination and providing numerous accounts of the facts, Riyadh finally confirmed that the killing was carried out by Saudi agents who acted individually without receiving orders from their leaders.
In December 2019, a Saudi court sentenced five people to death and three others to prison in the Khashoggi murder case. Death sentences were commuted in September.