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Turkey offers 24-hour protection to Khashoggi’s fiancée

Hatice Cengiz, Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée [File photo]

The Istanbul governor’s office has put Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, under 24-hour police protection, Anadolu news agency reported, citing security officials.

The Turkish authorities did not explain their reasons for taking the decision.

READ: Turkish staff of Saudi consulate give statements in Khashoggi probe

Ms. Cengiz was the last to see Khashoggi before he entered the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on 2 October, where he was killed and dismembered. Having initially claimed that Khashoggi left the building unharmed, Saudi Arabia claimed on Friday that Khashoggi died after a fistfight with people he met at the consulate.

On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir described Khashoggi’s assassination as “tremendous mistake,” saying the Saudi authorities are determined to uncover the circumstances of his death. He explained: “We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder.

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