The Saudi journalist’s fiancee Jamal Khashoggi, murdered in Istanbul in 2018, filed a complaint on Tuesday in Washington against the Saudi crown prince, Mohamed bin Salmán, and various assumptions involved in the crime.
Contributor to the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ and critic of the RiadKhashoggi was assassinated and dismembered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to find a document. His remains were never found.
Hatice Cengiz, his fiancee of Turkish nationality, estimates that members of the Saudi embassy in Washington “lured” the journalist “to the Saudi consulate in Turkey through a ruse (according to which) it was the only place where he could obtain the document he needed.”
“This false orientation occurred in the United States and is part of a larger conspiracy intended to have a direct impact on Khashoggi’s political activities in the United States,” states the lawsuit filed in a US federal court.
The lawsuit especially targets the Saudi crown prince and “many members of his close circle,” including former councilor Saoud al Qahtani and former intelligence number two General Ahmed al Assiri.
Both were identified by Turkish investigators as the instigators of the murder and were prosecuted by a court in Istanbul.
Cengiz claims compensation, the amount of which should be set by the courts.
Khashoggi’s death plunged Saudi Arabia into one of its worst diplomatic crises and darkened the image of the crown prince who was singled out by Turks and Americans as the instigator of the crime.
Having denied the murder, Riyadh later claimed that it had been committed by agents acting on their own and without receiving orders from their superiors.
Last December, five Saudis were sentenced to death and another three to prison terms by a Saudi court. The capital sentences were commuted in September.