Greg Norman is ignoringas a “mistake” was condemned by the late Washington Post columnist’s fiancee.
The former No. 1 player is leading a series offunded tournaments in England and was criticized for his comments about Khashoggi’s gruesome death on October 2, 2018, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“Look, we all make mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how to fix them going forward,” Norman, 67, said Wednesday at an event to promote the tournaments.
The Australian highlighted “the good the country is doing in changing its culture”.
Khashoggi, who had written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had gone to the consulate to collect the documents needed to marry his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz and never left.
Cengiz told the Telegraph on Thursday that Norman’s comments were “very hurtful”.
“Would you say that if it was your loved one? How can we move forward when those who ordered the murder are still going unpunished and keep trying to buy back their legitimacy?” said Cengiz. “We must not fall for its riches and lies, and lose our morals and common humanity. We must all insist on truth and justice; only then can we look forward with hope and dignity.”
Cengiz’s statement was released by his 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 inside the consulate by a team of Saudi agents. The group included individuals who worked for the Crown Prince’s office. His remains were not 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 haven’t had a personal conversation with MBS, I’ve never met the guy, but at the same time I’ve read that the Saudi government has made their statements and comments about this and they want to move on,” Norman said. .
Australian golfer Karrie Webb, who idolized Norman as a young girl, took to Twitter to air her criticism.
“The little girl in me died well and truly! Someone’s childhood hero let them down as much as I do now-” Webb wrote on Thursday.
Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, funded primarily by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
The first LIV Golf Invitational is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Centurion Golf Club outside London, with a field of 48 players vying for a purse of $20 million over 54 holes. The winner receives $4 million – to this day the richest prize in golf – and the last place winner receives $120,000.
Last month, a Turkish court upheld the suspension of.
A Turkish court kicked off the trial in 2020 with tense relations between the two Sunni Muslim regional powers. But with Turkey desperate for investment to help lift it out of the economic crisis, Ankara sought to heal the rift with Riyadh.
Cengiz, who was present at the hearing, said he would appeal the decision.
Turkey “is not ruled by a family like Saudi Arabia. We have a justice system that addresses 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 keep fighting. Whoever gives up, has given up. I will keep going. Sometimes the legal battle itself is more important than the results”.
AFP contributed to this report.