The late Washington Post columnist Greg Norman has condemned the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as a “mistake.”
The former No. 1 golfer is leading a series of Saudi-sponsored tournaments in England and has been criticized for his comments about Khashoggi’s tragic death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them in the future,” Norman, 67, said at an event promoting the tournament.
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The Australian noted that “the country is doing well in changing its culture.”
Khashoggi, who wrote critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went to the consulate to collect the necessary documents to marry his Turkish fianc হে Hatice Cengiz and never came out.
Genghis told the Telegraph on Thursday that Norman’s comments were “extremely shocking”.
“Would you say that if it’s your loved one? How can we move forward when those who ordered the killings are still not punished, and continue to try to restore their legitimacy?” Dr. Genghis. “We must not fall for their wealth and lies and we must not lose our morality and common humanity. We must all emphasize truth and justice; only then can we look forward with hope and dignity.”
“It’s very painful when Jamal’s brutal assassination is dismissed as a ‘mistake’ and we should just move on.”
According to the British newspaper, Genghis’s statement was published by his lawyer Rodney Dixon. Dixon’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press.
Turkish officials say a group of Saudi agents killed and mutilated Khashoggi inside the consulate. The team consisted of people who worked for the Crown Prince’s office. His remains were not found.
Western intelligence agencies and the US Congress have said that such a large-scale operation could not have taken place without the Crown Prince’s knowledge.
“I have not had a private conversation with MBS, I have never met the man, but at the same time I have read that the Saudi government has made statements and comments on the matter and they want to move forward,” Norman said. .
Australian golfer Carrie Webb, who idolized Norman as a young girl, took to Twitter to spread his criticism.
“The little girl in me is dead and really! Did the childhood hero disappoint them like now ??” Web wrote Thursday.
Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, primarily funded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
The first LIV Golf Invitational is scheduled for June 9-11 at Centurion Golf Club outside London, where it will compete on a 48-man field for a $ 29.1 million purse over 54 holes. The winner gets 5.8 million – the richest prize in golf to date – and the last place gets $ 175,000.
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