Fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi weeps as tributes are paid at memorial – as it’s revealed his final words were: ‘I’m suffocating’
- Hatice Cengiz, 38, wept during a commemoration event in Istanbul yesterday
- Her fiance, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered in Saudi consulate on October 2
- The Saudi journalist had gone to collect papers for his forthcoming marriage
- Ms Cengiz had been waiting outside, but raised alarm when he failed to emerge
- Tributes were paid and images shown to a crowd of around 200 in Istanbul
The fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi wept yesterday as hundreds gathered in Istanbul to honour the memory of her husband.
Hatice Cengiz, 38, was pictured in tears as tributes were paid and images shown of her fiancé to a crowd of around 200.
It comes as Turkish newspaper, The Daily Sabah, reports the last words of Jamal Khashoggi as ‘I’m suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic.’
Ms Cengiz had waited outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 for her fiance Jamal Khashoggi to emerge before raising the alarm when he failed to appear.
Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi rulers, was killed inside the consulate after going to collect papers for his forthcoming marriage to Ms Cengiz.
Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish fiancee (left) of killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi weeps during a commemoration event in Istanbul. She is pictured here seated next to Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkol Karman (right), who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her participation in the Arab Spring uprisings
Yasin Aktay speaks in front of images of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a commemorative ceremony held yesterday
People in the crowd wear face masks of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi during the commemoration ceremony. Around 200 people are believed to have been in attendance
Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman of Yemen speaks in front of images of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She was earlier pictured in the crowd sitting next to Khashoggi’s finace Hatice Cengiz
After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a ‘rogue’ operation.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to fly to Saudi Arabia over murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
The Foreign Secretary will meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the oil-rich Gulf state today. He will say it is unacceptable that details of the killing remain unclear.
Jeremy Hunt (pictured) will be the first minister to visit Saudi Arabia since Mr Khashoggi was murdered
Mr Hunt is the first minister to visit Saudi Arabia since Mr Khashoggi was killed by a 15-strong hit squad flown into Istanbul from Riyadh.
Speaking ahead of the visit, he said: ‘The international community remain united in horror and outrage at the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi one month ago. It is clearly unacceptable that the full circumstances behind his murder still remain unclear.
‘We encourage the Saudi authorities to co-operate fully with the Turkish investigation into his death, so that we deliver justice for his family and the watching world.’
It had originally argued that the writer had left the premises unharmed.
Supporters met today to talk and watch videos of eulogies for the Washington Post contributor.
Turan Kislakci, head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association (TAM), to which Khashoggi belonged, called for justice to be done ‘so that these barbaric tyrants can never do the same thing again’.
Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkol Karman, who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her participation in the Arab Spring uprisings, said the killing was reminiscent of crimes committed by the Islamic State Group.
Protesters also yesterday gathered outside the consulate where Khashoggi was attacked. The murder has pushed attention back to the war in Yemen and brought increased pressure on the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman.
Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage.
Turkish pro-government daily Sabah on Saturday reported Khashoggi’s killers poured the remains of the insider-turned-critic of Riyadh down the drain after dissolving him in acid.
Samples taken from the consulate drains showed traces of acid, Sabah said without quoting sources for its story.
Erdogan has accused the ‘highest levels’ of the Saudi government of ordering the hit.
Some officials have pointed the finger at the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and some analysts say Ankara is keen to have the heir sidelined from the nexus of power in Riyadh.
Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reacts while watching a tribute video to her husband at the commemorative ceremony
Hatice Cengiz had waited outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for her fiance Jamal Khashoggi before raising the alarm when he failed to emerge. Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage. She is pictured here weeping at a commemorative ceremony to the journalist in Istanbul yesterday
People chant slogans and hold posters in protest of Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen during a protest outside the Saudi Arabian consulate Istanbul – where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered
The recent murder of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (protesters are seen outside yesterday) has also pushed attention back to the war in Yemen and brought increased pressure on the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman, and has stretched diplomatic ties between Turkey, the U.S and Saudi Arabia
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It comes as a Turkish newspaper reports the last words of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist killed at his country’s consulate in Istanbul last month, reveal the way he pleaded with his murderers moments before his death.
The Daily Sabah says they will soon publish images of the tools used by a team of 15 people who are suspected of slaying the Washington Post writer, and claim to have heard his final utterances in secret audio recordings on October 2.
‘I’m suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic,’ Khashoggi said according to the head of investigations for the Turkish newspaper Nazif Karaman.
Dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered at the Istanbul Saudi consulate
A tough critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate (pictured) in Istanbul on October 2 to collect a document
The Turkish newspaper claims it took 15 minutes to carry out the grisly killing and traces of acid were discovered at the Saudi consul general’s home in Istanbul.
The Daily Sabah reports the planning of the murder was led by the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics, Salah al-Tubaigy.
With the Middle Eastern royal being accused of planning the attack, the US-Saudi alliance came under immense strain as people called for America to get to the bottom of the story.
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