Evidence is mounting to show that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. But Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, says she is still holding out hope that he is alive.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national who wrote for the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate on October 2 to get paperwork that would allow him to marry Hatice Cengiz, his Turkish fiancee. He has not been seen since. On Thursday night, Turkish authorities said they had audio recordings to prove that the journalist had been assaulted and killed in the embassy. Saudi authorities deny that they had anything to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance. Khashoggi often wrote critically about the Saudi regime and about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Here’s what you need to know about Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee:
1. She Is Not Ready to Give up Hope Yet
الذين يسألون عن حالتي …! كأنني أعيش بين الحياة والموت، بين السماء والأرض بين الجنة والجهنم … أصحى من نومي بالأمل وافقد كل آمالي بعد غروب الشمس … اموت كل يوم ألف مرة ..! يا حى يا قيوم .. صبرني 🙁 #جمال_خاشفجي #أين_جمال_خاشقجي pic.twitter.com/MQE0EBNTlj
— Hatice Cengiz / خديجة (@mercan_resifi) October 11, 2018
Cengiz told CNN that she didn’t feel comfortable doing an on-air interview. But she did agree to answer written questions from Christiane Amanpour. Cengiz told Amanpour that she wasn’t ready to make any “bold comment” about what may have happened to her fiance. She indicated that she is still holding out hope that her fiance is alive — in spite of reports that he was brutally killed inside the Saudi embassy. Cengiz told CNN, “Images in the media point to the possibility of an abduction or an assassination. I hope that it does not turn out to be murder, as alleged by these images. Until official statements are made, it makes more sense to wait a bit longer and to see the final result as opposed to making a bold comment.”
On October 2, Khashoggi went to the Saudi embassy in Istanbul so that he could get paperwork which would allow him to marry Cengiz. Cengiz accompanied him to the embassy and waited inside for him. But Khashoggi never came back out. Cengiz has written on social media about her suffering as she waits for news of her fiance; she describes feeling torn between hope and despair, writing, “As I live between life and death, between heaven and earth between heaven and Hell… Wake up from my sleep with hope and lose all my hopes after sunset… I die every day a thousand times..!”
Turkish authorities say they have audio recordings proving that a team of 15 Saudi men killed Khashoggi in a gruesome encounter inside the embassy. Turkish authorities say the men, who arrived in Istanbul on October 2, came to Turkey for the sole purpose of killing Khashoggi. Many of the men have close ties to the Saudi government. Khashoggi was …read more