Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, called on the English Premier League not to allow Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to buy Newcastle United as his hands are stained with her fiancé’s blood.
This came in an article published by British newspaper The Guardian, entitled: “The Saudi regime murdered my fiancé. It can’t be allowed to buy Newcastle United.”
Bin Salman is attempting to restore his tainted image after his involvement in the murder of Khashoggi at his country’s consulate in Istanbul. According to Cengiz, if the Premier League proceeds, its reputation will be “stained for good”.
“The Saudi regime murdered my fiancé. It can’t be allowed to buy Newcastle United,” Cengiz said.
She added that human rights groups have condemned this cynical attempt by the kingdom to “sportswash” its human rights abuses.
She said, “Over the past years the Saudi crown prince has spent a fortune positioning himself to the world as a modernizer and reformer. But detention, torture, and murder have been the backdrop to this. Among the regime’s abuses have been those committed during the war in Yemen – which have led the UN to make credible allegations of war crimes. And my fiancé, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, became a victim of the regime in October 2018.”