The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi is calling for the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – to be “punished without delay”.
It comes as President Joe Biden‘s administration prepares to respond in the wake of the declassifying of an intelligence report that said the Saudi leader approved the operation to “capture or kill” the US-based dissident.
“This will not only bring the justice we have been seeking…. but it could also prevent similar acts recurring,” Hatice Cengiz said in a statement.
“It is essential that the crown prince, who ordered the brutal murder of a blameless and innocent person, should be punished without delay,” Ms Cengiz said on Monday.
“If the crown prince is not punished, it will forever… endanger us all and be a stain on our humanity,” she added.
Ms Cengiz, a Turkish academic researcher, made a plea that world leaders distance themselves from the crown prince and impose punishments such as sanctions on Saudi Arabia.
“I urge everyone to put their hands on their hearts and campaign to punish the crown prince,” Ms Cengiz added.
— Hatice Cengiz / خديجة (@mercan_resifi) March 1, 2021
Saudi Arabia has rejected the report.
Crown Prince Mohammed, who is effectively the kingdom’s ruler, has denied any role in the murder.
Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 and his body was dismembered.