Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late Washington Post columnist Jamal Hashoghi, has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) for the gruesome murder of the journalist.
Cengiz and the rights group formed by Khashoggi before his death, filed a lawsuit against MBS and more than two dozen other senior Saudi officials in Washington, DC on Tuesday seeking compensation for the 2018 killing in Istanbul.
It is alleged that Khashoggi was the victim of a ruse that began at the US embassy in Riyadh when he went there to show documents relating to his marriage to Cengiz.
The suit alleges that the plan to murder Khashoggi was set in motion by MBS and other Saudi officials named in the document no later than summer 2018.
The plan was drawn up after the defendants learned of Khashoggi’s plans to use Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), a rights group he founded as a platform to defend democratic reform and promote human rights.
He accused MBS and Saudi officials of creating an opportunity to assassinate him with Saudi officials at the Washington Embassy telling Khashoggi that he could not get the documents in the United States and had to go to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul instead to get them.
This fatal heresy took place in the United States and was part of a general conspiracy that allegedly had a direct impact on Khashoggi’s political activities in the United States. The defendants and their accomplices orchestrated this act with the aim of killing Mr. Khashoggi, the lawsuit claims.
Kashoggi was finally murdered at the Istanbul consulate in October 2018, and his body is yet to be found.
Saudi Arabia admits that its agents killed Khashoggi but said the operation was carried out without MBS’s approval. Critics expressed doubt that the killing couldn’t be carried out without the direct knowledge and approval of MBS, the de facto ruler of the kingdom.
The CIA, the US’s international intelligence agency, has concluded, according to reports from the Washington Post, New York Times and the BBC, that MBS directed the killing of Khashoggi.
Khashoggi’s murder was widely condemned. US lawmakers put forward a Senate resolution accusing MBS of killing Khashoggi. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The lawsuit filed by Cengiz and DAWN seeks significant financial losses which he thinks should be decided in a trial jury.