On Sunday Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown prince, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, dismissed in an interview broadcast that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives almost a year ago, however, stated he finally bears “full duty” for what happened because he’s the country’s leader.
Talking to the US network CBS on its “60 Minutes” program, the crown prince stated: “Absolutely not,” when requested if he ordered the killing.
However, he stated he took full responsibility, “since it was dedicated by people working for the Saudi government.”
“This was a mistake. And I need to take all actions to keep away from such a factor in the future,” MBS stated of the killing, which he has known as “heinous.”
Khashoggi was last seen in Istanbul at the Saudi consulate on October 2 in last year; he was collecting documentation ahead of his wedding. His body was removed from the building, based on reports, and his remains haven’t been found.
MBS’ stated that echo those made in a trailer to a PBS documentary because of air this week through which he said: “I get all the responsibility because it happened under my watch.”
Speaking last week after the release of the trailer, Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz described the prince’s comments were a “pure political maneuver”.
“By saying that all the things occurred under his watch, he is sending the world a message that he is more influential than the king of Saudi Arabia, and is the real head of the country,” Cengiz stated.