Greg Norman’s comments on Jamal Khashoggi killing spark backlash from murdered journalist’s fiancée

The fiancée of late Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has condemned Australian golfing great Greg Norman’s comments about the Saudi regime after he said “we’ve all made mistakes” when asked about the journalist’s murder.

A UN special rapporteur and the CIA claimed Khashoggi’s murder was orchestrated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Former world number one Norman leads a series of Saudi-funded tournaments in England and has come under fire for his comments about the horrific death of Khashoggi on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

“Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can fix them in the future,” Norman, 67, said Wednesday at an event to promote the tournaments.

The Australian noted “the good the country is doing by changing its culture”.

Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Mr Norman’s comments were very hurtful.(Reuters: Dylan Martinez)

Khashoggi, who had written reviews of bin Salman, had gone to the consulate to collect the necessary documents for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and never came out.

Ms Cengiz told the Telegraph newspaper on Thursday that Norman’s comments were “so hurtful”.

“We should not fall into their wealth and their lies, and lose our morality and our common humanity.

“We should all insist on truth and justice; only then can we look forward with hope and dignity.

Ms Cengiz’s statement was released by her lawyer, Rodney Dixon, the British newspaper reported.

Turkish officials said Khashoggi was killed and dismembered with a bone saw inside the consulate by a team of Saudi agents.

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