A vigil has been held in Istanbul for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered there one year ago today.
The event took place near the Saudi consulate, which the 59-year-old US-based columnist for the Washington Post entered on 2 October 2018 to obtain papers he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. She waited outside the building for him, but he never emerged.
His fiancée Hatice Cengiz told the vigil she was still seeking justice.
“I still seek justice. I want to know what happened to his body. I want his friends to be released from jail. I want that those in power are held accountable for their actions.”
Khashoggi, was a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s government, was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in the Turkish city by a team of Saudi agents.
Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman denied being involved in the killing, but a UN expert has called for the royal to be investigated.
Saudi prosecutors have put on trial 11 people who they say were involved in the “rogue operation” that led to Khashoggi’s death. They are seeking the death penalty for five of them.
But Human Rights Watch says the trial does not meet international standards and that Saudi authorities have “obstructed meaningful accountability”.
On Sunday, while giving interviews the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman maintained that he did not personally order Khashoggi to be killed, but said he took full responsibility as a Saudi leader.
Turkish intelligence after listening to audio recordings from inside the building concluded that Khashoggi was forcibly restrained after a struggle and injected with a large amount of a drug, resulting in an overdose that led to his death. His body was then dismembered and handed over to a local “collaborator” outside the consulate. But his body has not been found.
Source : Various