Greg Norman is running awayhas been condemned as a “mistake” by the late Washington Post columnist’s fiancée.
The former No. 1 golfer leads a series of-funded tournaments in England and has been criticized for his comments about Khashoggi’s horrific death 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 to correct them in the future,” 67-year-old Norman said at an event to promote the tournaments on Wednesday.
The Australian commented on “the good the country is doing by changing its culture”.
Khashoggi, who had written critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had gone to the consulate to collect documents needed for him to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and never got out.
Cengiz told the Telegraph newspaper on Thursday that Norman’s comments were “so hurtful”.
‘Would you say that if it was your lover? How can we move on if those who ordered the murder still go unpunished and continue to try to buy back their legitimacy?’ said Cengiz. “We must not fall for their wealth and lies, and lose our morals and common humanity. We must all press for truth and justice; only then can we look forward with hope and dignity.”
Cengiz’s statement was released by her lawyer, Rodney Dixon, the British newspaper reported. Dixon’s office did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.
Turkish officials said Khashoggi was killed and dismembered with a bone saw by a team of Saudi agents in the consulate. The group consisted of individuals who worked for the Crown Prince’s office. His remains have not been found.
Western intelligence agencies and the US Congress said an operation of such magnitude could not have taken place without the Crown Prince’s knowledge.
“I have not had a personal conversation with MBS, I have never met the man, but at the same time I do read that the Saudi government has made their statements and comments about this and that they want to move forward,” Norman said. †
Australian golf star Karrie Webb, who idolized Norman as a young girl, took to Twitter to voice her criticism.
“The little girl in me just died well and truly!! Did someone’s childhood hero disappoint them as much as I do now-” Webb wrote on Thursday†
Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which is primarily funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Centurion Golf Club outside London, featuring a 48-man field competing for a $20 million scholarship across 54 holes. The winner will receive $4 million – the richest prize in golf to date – and last place will receive $120,000.
Last month, a Turkish court upheld a cessation of the†
A Turkish court began the trial in 2020 amid tense relations between the two Sunni Islamist regional powers. But with Turkey desperate for investment to get it out of the economic crisis, Ankara has tried to close the gap with Riyadh.
Cengiz, who attended the hearing, said he would appeal the decision.
Turkey “is not ruled by a family like Saudi Arabia. We have a legal system that deals with citizens’ grievances,” she told reporters outside Istanbul’s main court. “We will appeal the decision in accordance with our legal system.”
Speaking to AFP, she promised “to continue fighting. Those who give up have given up. I will continue. Sometimes the legal battle itself is more important than the results.”
AFP contributed to this report.