Khashoggi's fiancée wants Saudi Arabia 'punished'
The fiancée of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi said she hopes Group of 20 leaders put pressure on Saudi Arabia at a summit this week to divulge more information about the killing, ratcheting up a campaign for justice that she also brought to the UN's top human rights body today.
Hatice Cengiz spoke at a Human Rights Council event in Geneva about her grief from Khashoggi's October death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
In an interview afterward, she said Saudi authorities "have to be punished in some way" for his slaying.
An independent UN expert said in a report made public last week that Saudi Arabia bears responsibility for The Washington Post columnist's grisly apparent dismemberment by Saudi agents and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's possible role in the killing should be examined.
Cengiz said in an interview with The Associated Press that she wants US President Donald Trump and other world leaders to press the issue at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where the crown prince is on the guest list.
"Saudi Arabia needs to take steps in order for us to find out the truth about this incident. They have to be punished in some way," Cengiz said.
"This incident cannot remain unanswered."
Asked what she hoped the G-20 leaders would do at the summit on Friday and Saturday, she said: "Pressure can be put on Saudi Arabia".
Mr Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend that Khashoggi's death has been investigated already and that when he and the Saudi prince spoke Thursday the journalist's killing "didn't come up".
The independent UN expert's report came out the day before, revealing new details.
In Geneva, Cengiz and UN special rapporteur expert Agnes Callamard appeared together Tuesday at a 90-minute event on the sidelines of a Human Rights Council meeting.
Khashoggi was killed inside the Istanbul consulate after he went there to pick up a document he needed for them to get married.
Cengiz, a Turkish citizen, said the possibility her fiancée might not really be dead haunts her because his body hasn't been found, compounding her loss with "an unbelievably different kind of trauma".
She cited many of Ms Callamard's findings, which were released last week in a 101-page report that included an excruciatingly detailed account of what were alleged as Khashoggi's final moments.
Speaking through a translator, Cengiz said the report needed to be acted upon and noted the crown prince may one day be Saudi Arabia's head of state.
"The report points to the fact that important Saudi officials, big officials, may have been involved," she said.
"It says this should be pursued and it says that an international murder investigation should be opened."
Cengiz said the "international public" needs to exert pressure to ensure the case isn't forgotten "and the United Nations needs to take this to the next step”.
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