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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée urges Washington to hold Saudi Arabia accountable on the third anniversary of her husband’s murder

The widow of Saudi writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday questioned US President Joe Biden’s commitment to holding Saudi Arabia accountable, three years after her husband’s murder.

Khadija Cengiz participated in the third anniversary of Khashoggi’s killing by standing in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington and also lighting candles in the evening near the Capitol, where she revealed a large picture of Khashoggi made of newspaper papers.

Genghis expressed her dissatisfaction with the meeting of US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan days before the anniversary of the crime with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom US intelligence accuses of giving the order to kill Khashoggi.

“Is this the accountability that Biden promised?” she asked during a candle-lighting stand organized by human rights organizations.

And she continued, “+MBS took Jamal from me and the whole world. Will you hold him accountable?”, referring to the initials of the name of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi is a Saudi writer who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he wrote articles for the Washington Post in which he criticized the young prince.

On October 2, 2018, he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to complete the transactions of his marriage to Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national. According to US and Turkish officials, a Saudi assassination squad waiting for him strangled him and dismembered his body, which was never found.

US President Donald Trump downplayed the crime, saying that what was more important was Saudi Arabia’s purchase of American weapons and its shared hostility to Iran.

As for Biden, he pledged a tougher approach, revealing intelligence and imposing sanctions on Saudis who were not among the crown prince.

US officials said Sullivan visited Saudi Arabia to discuss the crisis in Yemen, where the kingdom is leading a coalition to fight the Iran-backed Houthis.

The sister of Abdul Rahman Al-Sadhan, an employee of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, who was arrested in 2018 and sentenced earlier this year to 20 years in prison after using a fake Twitter account to criticize the Saudi leadership, also participated in the stand in front of the Capitol.

Areej Al-Sadhan, who lives in California, said, “They tortured him badly, and almost killed him. They broke his hand and smashed his fingers until they were deformed, saying: Is this the hand you were tweeting with?”

She added that she had hoped that the pressure of the new US administration would lead to the release of her brother, but that changed after Biden left Prince Mohammed bin Salman “with impunity.”

“This is how Saudi officials responded to President Biden’s generosity by committing more human rights abuses,” she said.


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