Jamal Khashoggi fiance calls killing of Washington Post columnist "a black spot on Saudi history"
Speaking at a special session at TRT World Forum titled: Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi: A Reflection of Regional Politics, Hatice Cengiz -- the fiance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered by Saudi hit-team on October 2 in 2018 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul -- described the killing as a "black spot on Saudi Arabia's history that no-one is able to wipe clean".
The fiance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year, demanded to know the whereabouts of his body.
TRT World Forum, an annual international meeting hosted by Turkey's public broadcaster TRT, hosted Tuesday in Istanbul a special session on the slain Saudi journalist and the effects his murder had on changing the geopolitical balance in the Middle East.
Speaking at a session titled: Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi: A Reflection of Regional Politics, Hatice Cengiz described the murder as a "black spot on Saudi Arabia's history that no-one is able to wipe clean".
"Why was he killed? Why did they brutally kill Jamal?" she asked.
When asked what would she tell Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman if he was here, Cengiz said: "I would ask why Jamal Khashoggi was killed.
"I don't want to share the same space with them, but if it was unavoidable, I would ask why did this happen. Where is his body because we still don't know where it is."
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed and later his body was dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives in October 2018, shortly after he entered the consulate in Istanbul to get some documents.
After weeks of denying involvement, Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate, but claimed that the royal family had no prior knowledge of a plot.
Last September, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accepted responsibility for the killing, but denied ordering it.
Before his murder, Khashoggi was planning to marry Turkish academic Cengiz.