Hatice Cengiz, fiancee to late Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, has filed a suit in US district court against Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for the journalist’s murder.
On Tuesday October 21, 2020, Cengiz and a rights group founded by Khashoggi before his death filed the lawsuit in Washington, D.C. District Court against bin Salman and over two dozen other top Saudi officials.
The suit alleges that “Khashoggi was the victim of a ruse that began in Riyadh’s US embassy when he went there to secure documents to marry Cengiz.”
It accuses bin Salman and Saudi officials of having “manufactured an opportunity to murder him. ”
The suit stated that,” Saudi officials in the Washington Embassy told Khashoggi he could not receive the documents in the US, and would instead have to travel to Istanbul to get them at the Saudi Consulate there.”
This fatal misdirection took place in the United States and was part of the overall conspiracy intended to have a direct impact on Mr. Khashoggi’s political activities in the United States.
“Defendants and their co-conspirators orchestrated these actions with the intention of murdering Mr. Khashoggi,” the lawsuit added
Khashoggi was ultimately killed in the consulate in October 2018, and his likely dismembered body has yet to be returned to his family.
Saudi Arabia acknowledges its agents killed Khashoggi but blames it on a botched rendition operation that was executed without bin Salman’s consent.
The CIA determined with confidence that bin Salman directed Khashoggi’s murder.
The lawsuit filed by Cengiz and the Democracy for the Arab World Now seeks significant monetary damages, which it says should be determined by a trial jury.
I am hopeful that we can achieve truth and justice for Jamal through this lawsuit. I place my trust in the American civil justice system to give voice to what happened and hold those who did this accountable for their actions,” Cengiz said in a statement.