‘My father was not murdered at the consulate’ – Khashoggi’s daughter

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul The daughter of a former Saudi Arabian ambassador has accused the kingdom of trying to lure her from the…

'My father was not murdered at the consulate' - Khashoggi's daughter

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

The daughter of a former Saudi Arabian ambassador has accused the kingdom of trying to lure her from the US with promises of work.

Lawsa Al-Jubeir said she had been held up at the airport in Istanbul and escorted to a car by men she believed were agents of the country’s intelligence services.

She told The Guardian she believed they were trying to get her into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in October.

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied any involvement in Mr Khashoggi’s death.

Mr Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October after writing a critical column for the Washington Post.

He had gone there to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage. His body has not been found.

In an interview with The Guardian, Lawa Al-Jubeir said: “If I had known that he was going to be killed in the consulate, I would have gone there and I would have been upset,” she said.

She has not spoken publicly before about her father’s death. She is one of the senior daughters of Prince Turki bin Turki Al-Faisal, who was Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief and ambassador to the US from 1989 to 1993.

Mr Al-Jubeir, who has not been seen in public since the killing, has flown home from meetings in the US on a private jet and is “hiding in his house”, Lawa Al-Jubeir said.

“He has never shown any human emotions,” she said. “The Saudi government sees me as part of the problem.”

She said her father had not heard back from any of the Saudi officials who came to escort him into Istanbul to secure his safe exit.

The authorities in Turkey have charged 11 men in connection with the killing. But two months on no-one has been brought to justice.

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saudi Arabia has long denied any role in Mr Khashoggi’s death

This has caused Saudi Arabia’s Western allies to question their relationship with the kingdom. US President Donald Trump has said the kingdom is “not oil, this is not monetary assets”.

In November a letter to senior Saudi officials from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said they “need to admit that mistakes were made”.

France is also weighing cutting the country’s relations with Saudi Arabia as a part of a proposed new UN Security Council resolution on Mr Khashoggi’s killing.

However, the resolution has been blocked by China and Russia.

Leave a Comment