09:44 GMT13 August 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - During a memorial service Hatice Cengiz, fiancé of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, asked US President Donald Trump to help recover the columnist’s body and to back Turkey’s request that Saudi Arabia extradite those suspected in the killing in order to stand trial.

    "I would like to send this message to Mr. Trump: I came to support Turkey’s legal efforts in trying to bring light to this situation and to discover the whereabouts of his body, Cengiz stated in a pre-recorded video message for guests at a memorial service at a downtown Washington, DC hotel.

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    Cengiz also made note of Turkey’s extradition request and said that the arrested Saudi operatives have admitted to killing her fiancé.

    "Even though a month has passed since Jamal’s murder, his body has still not been given to his loved ones and his funeral prayer has still not taken place," Cengiz said. "This is the smallest thing that one can do after a loved one has passed in the religion of Islam. And we still haven’t been able to do that and our pain is still as fresh as the first day."

    Cengiz made no mention of widespread suspicions that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who is leading the Saudi investigation of Khashoggi’s death — was also involved in the crime.

    Turkish officials claim that Khashoggi was strangled almost immediately after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body was dismembered. Saudi officials have confirmed that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, that the murder was premeditated and that 18 operatives responsible for his death have been arrested.


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