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The dead journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed while trying to arrange paperwork for his wedding – and his fiancé Hatice Cengiz says it was impossible for her to deal with his death because Khashoggi was only in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul died.
"I really do not know how to express myself," said Cengiz at a memorial in Washington, DC, on Friday. "Nothing has freed me from the atrocities I've experienced, the most important reason being that his body has still not been found."
Without his body, Khashoggi's relatives would not have been able to perform his funeral prayer, Cengiz said, adding, "Our pain is still as fresh as on the first day."
Cengiz spoke in a recorded video message that was played at the event at the Mayflower Hotel a month after Khashoggi's death. He was a columnist for The Washington Post – Streamed the video of today's memorial.
The whereabouts of the remains of Khashoggi are unknown, and the United States, Turkey, and other nations have urged Saudi Arabia to cooperate fully in a transparent investigation into his death.
The memorial was organized by the Justice campaign for Jamal Khashoggi. It ended with a prayer – the salad al-ghaiblisted in memory of "Muslims who died at a remote location" according to the program of events.
Hours before the monument Cengiz wrote in an opinion article for Khashoggi The Washington Post"If we witness the international indignation over his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never extinguish his vision for his beloved country, they just encouraged it."
She added, "Now it's up to the international community to bring the perpetrators to justice."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Khashoggi had been "brutally murdered" in a Saudi operation involving more than a dozen men. The control and suspicion fell on the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known to have taken direct action against his opponents.
Saudi officials have given different explanations for how and why Khashoggi was killed on 2 October. At first there was the insistence that the country had nothing to do with the disappearance of one of its senior critics. There were allegations that Khashoggi had died in a fight – and last week, a Saudi prosecutor said the murder was deliberate.
The Istanbul Procuratorate called it this week, revealing details of Khashoggi's death and calling it "murder." He issued a statement that Khashoggi had been scheduled as part of a plan shortly after joining the consulate.
"His body was disposed of after being suffocated after his death – again in line with the plans," the statement by the Turkish Anadalou Agency said.
Today, not only a month after Khashoggi's death, but also the International Day to End Impunity for Crime Against Journalists, as stated by UN.N.
At least 88 journalists were killed in 2018, says US Secretary General António Guterres, who issued the following message:
"On this day, I want to pay tribute to journalists who work every day despite intimidation and threats, their work – and that of their fallen peers – reminds us that the truth never dies, and our commitment to the fundamental right to freedom of expression ,
"Reporting is not a crime."
The date of November 2 was chosen to commemorate two French journalists who were murdered in Mali that day in 2013 – two of the more than 1,000 journalists who have died since 2006, according to the US National Agency.
Here is the full list of people speaking at the Khashoggi Memorial Event:
Honorable Gerry Connolly, US House of Representatives (VA-11)
Urooj Mughal on behalf of US Senator Tim Kaine
Thomas O. Melia, PEN America
Andrew Miller, POMED
Noni Ghani, Reporters Without Borders
Daniel Balson, Amnesty International
Dr. Abdullah Alaoudh, Georgetown ACMCU
Dr. Esam Omeish, personal friend
Nihad Awad, personal friend
Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of the late Jamal Khashoggi
Dr. Courtney Radsch, Committee for the Protection of Journalists
Tom Porteous, Human Rights Watch